by George Vertue
line engraving, 1728
14 3/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (366 mm x 246 mm) plate size; 19 5/8 in. x 14 1/8 in. (498 mm x 358 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1929
Artistback to top
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 864 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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Events of 1728back to top
Current affairsGeorge II's son Frederick, soon to be Prince of Wales, arrives in Britain for the first time, aged 21.
Satirist Jonathan Swift publishes A Short View on the State of Ireland which severely criticises British policy in Ireland.
Composer George Frideric Handel is appointed director of the King's Theatre, London.
Art and scienceJohn Gay's The Beggar's Opera debuts at the Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London.
First version of Alexander Pope's landmark literary satire The Dunciad is published.
Astronomer James Bradley uses stellar aberration to calculate the speed of light and observes the nutation of the Earth's axis.
InternationalBritish troops under Sir Charles Wager remain steadfast in Gibraltar and Spain ends its siege. Convention of Prado ends the one-year war between Britain and Spain.
Danish explorer Vitus Bering sails into Arctic seas through the strait between Asia and America now known by his name.
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