by John Simon, after James Maubert
mezzotint, early 18th century
13 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (350 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 10 5/8 in. (385 mm x 269 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
Sitterback to top
- Josiah Burchett (circa 1666-1746), Secretary of the Admiralty. Sitter in 2 portraits.
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Events of 1700back to top
Current affairsThe sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.
Art and scienceDramatist, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World premieres at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, receiving a mixed reception. It would achieve greater literary acclaim in modern times.
Poet, John Dryden, dies and is buried in Geoffrey Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey.