2 of 22 portraits of Robert Boyle
after Johann Kerseboom
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1689-1690
50 in. x 40 3/4 in. (1270 mm x 1035 mm)
Given by Eric Bullivant in memory of his wife, Kate Bullivant, 1955
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- Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Chemist and natural philosopher. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
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Current affairsWilliam III is crowned jointly with his wife Mary II in Westminster Abbey in an unprecedented coronation of two monarchs.
The Bill of Rights is passed establishing the supremacy of Parliament, while limiting the power of the Crown.
Scottish Jacobites defeat Williamite troops at the Battle of Killiiecrankie.
Art and scienceThomas Shadwell, appointed poet laureate and historiographer royal, replaces John Dryden, his literary adversary.
John Riley and Godfrey Kneller are jointly appointed principal painter to the king.
Composer Henry Purcell presents his opera, Dido and Aeneas, at Josias Priest's girls' school.