by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1737
14 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (362 mm x 227 mm) plate size; 20 5/8 in. x 13 3/8 in. (525 mm x 340 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- William Warham (1450?-1532), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
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Current affairsDeath of Queen Caroline, wife of George II, on 20 November.
Frederick, Prince of Wales quarrels with his father. The king expels him from court for criticising the government.
Theatrical Licensing Act introduces censorship, requiring plays to be submitted to the Lord Chancellor for approval and reducing the number of theatres.
Art and scienceFrench portrait-painter Jean-Baptiste Van Loo arrives in England where he soon attracts prominent sitters such as Robert Walpole, Colley Cibber and William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield.
Venus passes in front of Mercury and is witnessed by amateur astronomer John Bevis at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It remains the only such planetary occlusion that has been directly observed.
InternationalColonist William Byrd founds Richmond, Virginia.
French Académie Royale de Peintre et de Sculpture begins its programme of public exhibitions.
Florence loses her independence when the last Medici Grand Duke of Tuscany dies.
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