4 of 4 portraits of Mary Knight
by John Faber Jr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (354 mm x 255 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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- Mary Knight (baptised 1631-in or after 1698), Singer and favourite of Charles II. Sitter in 4 portraits.
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Current affairsRoyal Fireworks in Green Park to celebrate the Peace of Aix-La-Chapelle. 10,000 rockets are let off at a cost of £8,000. Composer George Frideric Handel's accompanying Music for the Royal Fireworks is performed for the first time.George II is introduced to William Ansah Sessarakoo the 'Prince of Annamaboe'. The son of a wealthy chief from the West African Gold Coast, he had been taken prisoner and made a slave in the West Indies.
Art and scienceHorace Walpole buys the house and grounds which he will transform into his neo-Gothic fantasy, Strawberry Hill, in Twickenham, London.Henry Fielding publishes his comic novel Tom Jones. John Cleland's erotic novel Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) is published. The author is released from debtor's prison but arrested again later in the year and charged with corrupting the King's subjects.
InternationalGeorge II grants a charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio valley in the American colonies. British settlement of Halifax, Nova Scotia is founded.Sugar planters found Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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