© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Michael Vandergucht, after Henry Tilson Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1718
6 5/8 in. x 4 in. (168 mm x 102 mm) paper size
- John Kettlewell (1653-1695), Nonjuror and devotional writer. Sitter in 12 portraits.
- Henry Tilson (1659-1695), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 2 portraits.
- Michael Vandergucht (1660-1725), Engraver. Artist associated with 255 portraits.
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Art and science
Proper motion of the stars is discovered by Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley.Inventor James Puckle patents an early form of machine gun known as the Puckle Gun.
Charles XII of Sweden dies in mysterious circumstances and is succeeded by his sister Ulrika Eleonora. Quadruple Alliance formed as the Holy Roman Empire joins the Triple Alliance to prevent the Spanish changing the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht. War of the Quadruple Alliance begins against Spain until 1720. George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington is made Admiral of the Fleet and thwarts Spanish attempts to take Sicily at the Battle of Cape Passaro.