© National Portrait Gallery, London
Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester
by Michael Vandergucht Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1713
6 7/8 in. x 4 in. (176 mm x 103 mm) plate size; 8 5/8 in. x 5 1/8 in. (220 mm x 130 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- NPG D18329: Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester (from same plate)
- NPG D27133: Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester (from same plate)
An ailing Queen Anne is unable to attend a thanksgiving ceremony at St. Paul's in July to celebrate the treaty of Utrecht, attended by both Houses of Parliament in full state. John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, on self-imposed exile on the continent, is joined by his wife, Sarah Churchill.
Art and science
Literary fraternity, the Scriblerus Club is founded. Consisting of satirists, including Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope and Thomas Parnell, the club ridiculed current trends in scholarship and culture through the fictitious literary character, Martinus Scriblerus. Joseph Addison's play, Cato
, premieres at Drury Lane and becomes an immediate success.
Treaty of Utrecht, principally conceived by Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford and Henry, St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke, ends the War of the Spanish Succession against France. The accord establishes Bourbon, Philip d'Anjou, on the Spanish throne, with provisos, and forces Louis XIV to recognise a Hanoverian succession in Britain.