John Theophilus Desaguliers

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John Theophilus Desaguliers

by Peter Pelham, after Hans Hysing
mezzotint, 1725
13 5/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (347 mm x 247 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D27472

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  • Hans Hysing (1678-1752 or 1753), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 37 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Peter Pelham (1695?-1751), Mezzotint engraver and painter in America. Artist or producer associated with 33 portraits.

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Current affairs

Notorious 'Thief Taker General' Jonathan Wild is hanged at Tyburn. He ran one of the most successful gangs of thieves of the era, while appearing to be the nation's leading policeman.
Pardoned Jacobite leader Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke forms an opposition to the Prime Minister Robert Walpole.
Order of the Bath is founded by King George I.

Art and science

Poet Alexander Pope produces a new edition of Shakespeare, which he rewrites and edits in numerous places.
Philosopher Francis Hutcheson publishes his first major work An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue, published in two treatises concerning aesthetics and morality.

International

Russian tsar Peter the Great dies.
Treaty of Hanover between England, France and Prussia.
Composer Antonio Vivaldi debuts the set of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach debuts his Easter Oratorio in Leipzig.

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