Sir George Rooke
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Sir George Rooke
by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, circa 1706
49 3/4 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1265 mm x 1004 mm) overall
Artistback to top
- Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 166 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Michael Dahl was a personal friend of Rooke and painted him twice during this period. Rooke's imposing figure set before a threatening sky makes this an exceptional example of Baroque portraiture.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Recent acquisition: Sir George Rooke (21 November 2006 - 8 December 2008)
Events of 1706back to top
Current affairsThe Regency Bill passes in Parliament. John Somers, Baron Somers, and Thomas Wharton, Marquess of Wharton, as prominent supporters of the Protestant succession, are instrumental in formulating legislation which provide for an emergency Council of Sate to convene upon the death of Queen Anne, pending arrival of the Hanoverian successor.
Art and sciencePublication of Horae lyricae, by hymn writer Isaac Watts. A dissenting minister, Watts is recognised as the 'Father of English Hymnody'.
Publication of Synopsis Palmariorum Matheseos, a mathematical guide for beginners by mathematician William Jones.
Thomas Twining opens a tea room in London.
InternationalAllied forces under Commander-in-chief, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, defeat Louis XIV's army at the Battle of Ramillies. The most successful campaign in Marlborough's career, victory at Ramillies and a string of subsequent military successes for the allies establishes their control of the Southern Netherlands.
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