by Edward Gibson
10 5/8 in. x 7 5/8 in. (270 mm x 194 mm)
Given by Francis Wellesley, 1920
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Sitterback to top
- Edward Gibson (1668-1701), Portrait draughtsman. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Edward Gibson (1668-1701), Portrait draughtsman. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
Very little is known about Gibson's life and career. He worked primarily in pastel, producing small, head and shoulders portraits, but apart from this self-portrait, only one other drawing is known by him today. The artist has chosen to portray himself in an open-necked shirt, wearing a nightcap or painting hat over his cropped hair. Such informal images of artists and connoisseurs became common in the early eighteenth century.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 98
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 137
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 29
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 245
Events of 1690back to top
Current affairsWilliam III, forced to leave England to fight in Ireland, empowers Mary II, through the Regency Act, to exercise authority in his absence. William, however, unwilling to rest power solely with Mary, appoints a council of nine statesmen directly answerable to the absent king.
Art and sciencePhilosopher, John Locke, publishes An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding and Treatises on Government, in which he sets out his notion that human understanding is derived from experience.
Naturalist, John Ray, publishes Synopsis methodica stirpium Britannicarum. It became the most consulted book for the classification of British plants.
InternationalWilliam III lands in Ireland with an allied force of Protestant fighters from European states to fight French and Irish troops under James II. William's victory at the Battle of the Boyne forces James to flee into permanent exile.
French defeat the English at the naval battle of Beachy Head.