12 of 13 portraits of Edmond Halley
by and published by George White, sold by Samuel Sympson, 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; 13 7/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (352 mm x 249 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Strand, near Catherine Street, London)
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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.