Sir Samuel Garth

Sir Samuel Garth, by Unknown artist, circa 1698 - NPG 1076 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Samuel Garth

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1698
29 in. x 24 1/2 in. (737 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1076

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The king's residence, Whitehall Palace, is destroyed by fire. The Banqueting House survives.
Issues surrounding the prerogative of the king and size of a standing army during peacetime serve as the principal subjects for debate during the general election. The Whig Junto majority is reduced by resurgent Tory opposition.

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Anti-theatrical polemicist, Jeremy Collier writes, A Short View, attacking the immorality of the theatre.
John Bunyan's The Heavenly Foot-Man, a sermon on Christian life, is published posthumously.


Instructed by William III, Arnold Joost van Keppel, earl of Albemarle, negotiates with Louis XIV over issues surrounding the Spanish succession. Proposals in the first partition treaty are agreed by both sides.
Peter I of Russia visits England eager to strengthen diplomatic ties with other European countries.

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