by Edward Collier
oil on canvas, 1683
17 1/2 in. x 20 3/4 in. (444 mm x 528 mm)
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- Edward Collier (active 1673-1706), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.
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- Edward Collier (active 1673-1706), Painter. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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This self-portrait shows him at work in his studio, surrounded by books, drawings, plaster casts and a skull, a common symbol of death. It both advertises his skills and – unlike the self-portraits of most of his contemporaries in England – draws attention to the practicalities involved in making paintings.
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Events of 1683back to top
Current affairsRye House Plot, a conspiracy to murder the king and his heir, James, Duke of York, is leaked to the government by minor conspirator, Josiah Keeling. Arrests follow; some conspirators are executed, others pardoned while several flee the country.
Worst ever recorded frost in England freezes the Thames.