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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

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Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford

by George Vertue, after Michael Dahl
engraving, 1745 (1728)
14 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. (369 mm x 233 mm) plate size; 14 7/8 in. x 9 3/8 in. (377 mm x 239 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19480

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Artistsback to top

  • Michael Dahl (1659-1743), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 166 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 864 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D5445: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (from same plate)
  • NPG D5447: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (from same plate)
  • NPG D5448: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (from same plate)
  • NPG D15991: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (from same plate)
  • NPG D39488: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (from same plate)

Events of 1745back to top

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Second Jacobite Rebellion: the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie') lands in Scotland and proclaims his father king. Jacobite forces take Edinburgh and march into England as far as Derby but are forced to turn back due to lack of support.
The song later to become the British national anthem, God Save the King, is first performed at the Drury Lane Theatre in London in a setting by Thomas Arne.

Art and science

William Hogarth completes the six paintings of Marriage-à-la-Mode, his satirical take on upper-class eighteenth-century society.
West towers of Westminster Abbey are completed
Satirical writer Jonathan Swift dies.

International

War of the Austrian Succession: the French army defeat Austrian, Dutch and British forces under the Duke of Cumberland at the Battle of Fontenoy.
Madame de Pompadour becomes mistress to Louis XV of France.
Principle of the Leyden jar is discovered by German physicist, Ewald Georg von Kleist.
Artist Giovanni Batista Piranesi publishes the first of his Vedute (Views); a celebrated series of etchings of Rome.

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