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Caroline Wilhelmina of Brandenburg-Ansbach when Princess of Wales
by and published by George Vertue, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
engraving, 1724 (1716)
18 1/8 in. x 14 in. (460 mm x 355 mm) plate size; 19 1/2 in. x 14 5/8 in. (495 mm x 370 mm) paper size
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1680 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 849 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
- NPG D18167: King George II when Prince of Wales (companion portrait)
Notorious thief and jailbreaker John 'Jack' Sheppard is hanged at Tyburn. General George Wade is sent to inspect Scotland, initiating an 11-year program of road improvement and bridge building in the Scottish Highlands.
Art and science
First of Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters
is published; one of seven pamphlets railing against the debasement of Irish coinage. Blenheim Palace is presented as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough for his involvement in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs. Pope Benedict XIII succeeds Pope Innocent XIII as the 245th pope.King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne.