Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

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Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds ('Lord Danby')

by Johann Kerseboom, and Jan van der Vaart
oil on canvas, 1704
95 3/4 in. x 58 in. (2430 mm x 1473 mm)
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5718

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  • Johann Kerseboom (died 1708), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 32 portraits.
  • Jan van der Vaart (1647-1721), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 52 portraits.

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This painting indicates the high status of the Knights of the Garter by the fact that Osborne chose to be depicted in his Garter robes decades after his appointment to the Order.

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Mathematical scientist, Isaac Newton, recently made President of the Royal Society, presents his second major publication, Opticks, to the Society.
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Battle of Blenheim marks a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession, as allied armies under John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and Princes Eugene of Savoy and Lewis of Baden defeat the Franco-Bavarian army on the River Danube.
Admiral George Rooke captures Gibraltar.

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