John Wallis

John Wallis, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, based on a work of 1701 - NPG 578 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Wallis

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, based on a work of 1701
29 1/2 in. x 24 3/4 in. (749 mm x 629 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
Primary Collection
NPG 578

Sitterback to top

  • John Wallis (1616-1703), Mathematician. Sitter in 11 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1683 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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Current affairs

Exiled James II dies in France. Various parts of his body are interred in a number of churches around the country; his corpse is buried in the English church in the Faubourg St. Jacques.
The Act of Settlement is passed, securing the throne to the Protestant Hanoverians.

Art and science

Supported by the Bishop of London, Henry Compton, The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, founded by Thomas Bray, obtains a royal charter.
Publication of The Christian Hero, the first major work by essayist Richard Steele.

International

War of the Spanish Succession ensues. William III restores the grand alliance against France determined to prevent Louis XIV from installing his grandson, Philip of Anjou, upon the Spanish throne. The grand alliance, resolute upon a Habsburg succession in Spain, wished to prevent the country's unification with France.

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