11 of 13 portraits of Edmond Halley
by and published by George White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
13 3/8 in. x 9 1/4 in. (340 mm x 235 mm) plate size; 14 1/2 in. x 9 7/8 in. (369 mm x 252 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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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.
InternationalDiplomat and poet, Matthew Prior, secretly negotiates with Louis XIV, king of France, a second partition treaty concerning the Spanish Empire. However, following the death of Spanish ruler, Carlos II, the agreement collapses since neither Spanish or Austrian governments accept the treaty's proposals.
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23 December, 12:30
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