by George Vertue
line engraving, 1731
9 5/8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (245 mm x 172 mm) plate size; 9 7/8 in. x 7 1/8 in. (251 mm x 182 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
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Artistback to top
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 862 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Events of 1731back to top
Current affairsLegal proceedings in British courts are conducted in the English language for the first time.
Art and scienceSculptor Michael Rysbrack creates a monument to Newton in Westminster Abbey.
The influential Gentleman's Magazine is launched on 1 January.
Agriculturalist Jethro Tull publishes his pioneering treatise The New Horse-Houghing Husbandry.
InternationalTreaty of Vienna with Austria is signed by Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1st Earl of Chesterfield on behalf of Britain, marking the collapse of the Anglo-French Alliance (1727-1731) and the beginning of the Anglo-Austrian Alliance.
Trader Robert Jenkins has his ear cut off by Spanish coast guards in Cuba leading to the War of Jenkins' Ear in 1739.