© National Portrait Gallery, London
King Henry II
by George Vertue Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, engraved 1734
11 1/2 in. x 7 5/8 in. (292 mm x 195 mm) plate size; 13 3/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (339 mm x 241 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
- King Henry II (1133-1189), Reigned 1154-89. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 852 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Bank of England moves to its present building in Threadneedle Street, London, designed by the architect John Soane. Engravers' Copyright Act, known as 'Hogarth's Act' is passed to prevent the piracy of prints. Prime Minister Robert Walpole wins his third General Election victory.
Art and science
Artist James Thornhill dies.William Hogarth completes A Rake's Progress
series of paintings. . Society of Dilettanti is founded in London; a group of noblemen and scholars who had been on the Grand Tour and aim to promote the study of ancient Greek and Roman art. Oriental scholar George Sale translates the Qu'ran into English for the first time.
French, Sardinian and Spanish troops defeat Austrians throughout Italy. Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI declares war on France. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Christmas Oratorio