by John Simon, after Thomas Gibson
mezzotint, early 18th century
13 1/2 in. x 9 5/8 in. (343 mm x 244 mm) plate size; 14 3/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (366 mm x 262 mm) paper size
Given by G.H. Viner, 1933
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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.