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John Dryden

by George White, published by Thomas Bowles Sr, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, (1698)
13 in. x 9 1/2 in. (330 mm x 240 mm) plate size; 13 5/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (347 mm x 256 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19696

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  • John Dryden (1631-1700), Dramatist and Poet Laureate. Sitter associated with 31 portraits.

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  • Thomas Bowles Sr (died 1721), Printseller and publisher. Artist associated with 10 portraits.
  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1686 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
  • George White (circa 1684-1732), Engraver. Artist associated with 120 portraits.

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The king's residence, Whitehall Palace, is destroyed by fire. The Banqueting House survives.
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Anti-theatrical polemicist, Jeremy Collier writes, A Short View, attacking the immorality of the theatre.
John Bunyan's The Heavenly Foot-Man, a sermon on Christian life, is published posthumously.


Instructed by William III, Arnold Joost van Keppel, earl of Albemarle, negotiates with Louis XIV over issues surrounding the Spanish succession. Proposals in the first partition treaty are agreed by both sides.
Peter I of Russia visits England eager to strengthen diplomatic ties with other European countries.

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