by Gerard Vandergucht
line engraving, early 18th century
6 1/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. (158 mm x 99 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Sitterback to top
- Archibald Cockburn (active 1722), Church of England clergyman and writer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Gerard Vandergucht (1696 or 1697-1776), Engraver and art dealer. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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.