by and published by George White, sold by Samuel Sympson, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
13 3/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (340 mm x 235 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (352 mm x 249 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1682 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- Samuel Sympson (died 1751), Print publisher. Artist associated with 11 portraits.
- George White (circa 1684-1732), Engraver. Artist associated with 120 portraits.
The sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.
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