14 of 15 portraits of Edmund Spenser
by George Vertue
line engraving, 1727
14 5/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (372 mm x 244 mm) plate size; 17 5/8 in. x 13 1/4 in. (448 mm x 336 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Artistback to top
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 864 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Events of 1727back to top
Current affairsGeorge I dies on 11 January. George II is proclaimed king; the second Hanoverian on the British throne. Handel composes Zadok the Priest for his coronation which has been sung at every British coronation since.
Royal Bank of Scotland is founded by Royal Charter in Edinburgh.
Janet (Jenny) Horne of Loth, Sutherland, becomes the last alleged witch to be executed in Britain when she is burned at the stake in Dornoch, Scotland.
Art and scienceArtist Thomas Gainsborough is born in Sudbury, Suffolk in May.
Architect William Kent publishes Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones, including additional designs by himself and his patron Lord Burlington.German composer George Frideric Handel becomes a British subject.
Scientist Sir Isaac Newton dies.
InternationalComposer Johann Sebastian Bach conducts the first performance of his St Matthew Passion in St Thomas's church, Leipzig.
Spain besieges Gibraltar in order to recapture the territory from the British.
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