by George Vertue, after Joseph Highmore
line engraving, published 1726
6 5/8 in. x 4 in. (167 mm x 102 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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Current affairsMary Toft allegedly gives birth to sixteen rabbits in Godalming Surrey and becomes the subject of considerable controversy, involving the King's own physician Nathaniel St Andre. The story is later revealed to be a hoax.
The Craftsman, a polemical political periodical, is launched by opposition leaders Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke and William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath.
Art and scienceSt Martin-in-the-Fields church in London is completed to the design of the architect James Gibbs.
Jonathan Swift publishes his bitterly satirical Gulliver's Travels.
Poet Alexander Pope produces an English language translation of Homer's Odyssey.
Poet Allan Ramsay opens the first circulating library in Edinburgh.
InternationalFrench writer Voltaire begins an exile in England which lasts three years.
City of Montevideo is founded by the Spanish in Uruguay.
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