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Mary Toft (née Denyer)

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Mary Toft (née Denyer), by John Faber Jr, after  John Laguerre, circa 1726 - NPG D19401 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mary Toft (née Denyer)

by John Faber Jr, after John Laguerre
mezzotint, circa 1726
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (352 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 15 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (390 mm x 268 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19401


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  • John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
  • John Laguerre (circa 1700-1748), Painter and singer. Artist associated with 2 portraits.

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Mary Toft allegedly gives birth to sixteen rabbits in Godalming Surrey and becomes the subject of considerable controversy, involving the King's own physician Nathaniel St Andre. The story is later revealed to be a hoax. The Craftsman, a polemical political periodical, is launched by opposition leaders Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke and William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath.

Art and science

St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London is completed to the design of the architect James Gibbs. Jonathan Swift publishes his bitterly satirical Gulliver's Travels. Poet Alexander Pope produces an English language translation of Homer's Odyssey. Poet Allan Ramsay opens the first circulating library in Edinburgh.

International

French writer Voltaire begins an exile in England which lasts three years. City of Montevideo is founded by the Spanish in Uruguay.

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