Kings of France
3 of 6 portraits of François I (Francis I), King of France
Kings of France
after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 18th century
5 in. x 3 1/8 in. (126 mm x 78 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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Sittersback to top
- Charles VIII ('the Affable'), King of France (1470-1498), King of France 1483-1498. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- François I (Francis I), King of France (1494-1547), King of France 1515-1547. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- François II (Francis II), King of France (1544-1560), King of France 1559-1560; Consort of Scots 1558-1560; first husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Sitter in 7 portraits.
- Henry II, King of France (1519-1559), King of France 1547-1559. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Louis XI ('the Prudent'), King of France (1423-1483), King of France 1461-1483. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Louis XII, King of France (1462-1515), King of France 1498-1515. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Events of 1700back to top
Current affairsThe sudden death of Prince William, son of Princess Anne and George, Prince of Denmark, triggers a succession crisis. His birth had secured the succession of the crown to a Protestant, safeguarding the throne from any future claim by James II's Catholic son, James Francis.
Art and scienceDramatist, William Congreve's comedy The Way of the World premieres at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, receiving a mixed reception. It would achieve greater literary acclaim in modern times. Poet, John Dryden, dies and is buried in Geoffrey Chaucer's grave in Westminster Abbey.
InternationalDiplomat and poet, Matthew Prior, secretly negotiates with Louis XIV, king of France, a second partition treaty concerning the Spanish Empire. However, following the death of Spanish ruler, Carlos II, the agreement collapses since neither Spanish or Austrian governments accept the treaty's proposals.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 31 December
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
19 December, 12:30