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Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax

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Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax

by Pierre Drevet, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (circa 1703-1710)
14 7/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (378 mm x 262 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1952
Reference Collection
NPG D35213

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Artistsback to top

  • Pierre Drevet (1663-1738), Engraver. Artist associated with 9 portraits.
  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1686 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 3211: Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax (after)

Events of 1703back to top

Current affairs

A great storm ravages southern England killing thousands at sea and wrecking several naval warships along the coast.
The Scottish Parliament passes a Bill of Security stipulating that the successor to the Scottish throne is Protestant, descended from Scottish kings. It is vetoed by the English Parliament.

Art and science

Scholarly church historian, William Wake, publishes The State of the Church and Clergy of England, a history of English synods since Anglo-Saxon times.
Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet, by Admiral George Rooke provides the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the century.

International

Diplomat, John Methuen, negotiates commercial treaties between England and Portugal to facilitate trading relations.
Portugal enters the grand alliance against France in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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