by George Vertue, after Friedrich Wilhelm Weidemann
line engraving, 1714
14 1/4 in. x 10 in. (362 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 14 5/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (372 mm x 259 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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Current affairsQueen Anne dies at Kensington Palace aged 49, on 1st August. The same day, under the Act of Regency, the regency council proclaims James I's great-grandson, George, elector of Hanover, king of Great Britain and Ireland, thus transferring the crown from the house of Stuart to the house of Hanover.
Art and scienceWriter and politician, Sir Richard Steele, accepts the post of governorship for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison, founds one of the first co-educational schools in Croydon.
The Longitude Act offers a reward for the invention of a method of precisely determining a ship's longitude.