3 of 11 portraits of Henry Purcell
by or after John Closterman
oil on canvas, 1695
29 in. x 24 in. (737 mm x 610 mm) oval
Click on the links below to find out more:
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 232
- Ollard, Richard, Character Sketches: Samuel Pepys and His Circle, 2000, p. 57
- Ollard, Richard, Pepys and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 83
- 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. 26
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 508
Events of 1695back to top
Current affairsPrincess Anne, daughter of James II by Anne Hyde, and now heir apparent to the English throne, returns to court having retired two years previously over William III's dismissal of John Churchill and his wife, Sarah, Anne's closest companion.
Art and scienceWilliam Congreve's comical farce, Love for Love, exemplifying the height of Restoration comedy, reopens Lincoln's Inn Theatre with a new actors' company led by actor Thomas Betterton. Its witty, sparking dialogue made it hugely popular with audiences.
InternationalWilliam III and Maximilian II Emanuel of Bavaria, commanding the army of the grand alliance, recapture Namur in the Spanish Netherlands from the French. Despite a period of victories, the Netherlands and England begin to struggle financially under the economic strain of the ongoing Nine Years' War.
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On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery