© National Portrait Gallery, London
after Isaac Oliver Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, (1616)
21 in. x 17 1/2 in. (533 mm x 445 mm)
- John Donne (1572-1631), Poet and divine. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
- Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 71 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portrait is based on a miniature by Isaac Oliver painted in 1616.
- Charles Nicholl, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 87
- Nicholl, Charles, Character Sketches: Elizabethan Writers, 1997, p. 34
- Nicholl, Charles, Insights: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, 2005, p. 67
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 183
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 65
Playwright, William Shakespeare, dies in Stratford-Upon-Avon on 23rd April, after he contracted a fever. He is buried days later inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. James I's second son, Charles, is invested as Prince of Wales at a lavish ceremony at Whitehall.
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Poet and playwright Benjamin Jonson, is granted a royal pension effectively establishing him as the first poet laureate in all but name.Queen Anne commissions Inigo Jones to design a pavilion at Greenwich, the Queen's House.
Sir Walter Ralegh, released from prison, begins planning an expedition to Guiana in search of El Dorado. With established Spanish settlements in the area, Ralegh's expedition unsettled the court which sought lasting peace with Spain. The Catholic Church places Nicolaus Copernicus's De revolutionibus
, 1543, on its list of prohibited books.