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Mary of Modena
by and sold by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1685-1688
13 1/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (338 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 17 5/8 in. x 11 1/2 in. (449 mm x 291 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1951
- Mary of Modena (1658-1718), Queen of James II. Sitter associated with 55 portraits.
- Isaac Beckett (1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver. Artist associated with 184 portraits.
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Charles II dies, his heir, Catholic brother, James II, succeeds to the throne. Despite deep distrust by many Protestants, he initially experiences unexpected popularity. James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, leads the Monmouth Rebellion ambitious to seize the throne. Following his defeat at Sedgemoor, Monmouth is executed at Tower Hill.
Art and scienceOpera Universa
, by physician Thomas Sydenham, considered the father of English medicine, is published in London. Organist, Henry Purcell composes, My heart is inditing
, for the coronation of James II and his queen, Mary of Modena. Writer on dentistry, Charles Allen publishes the earliest known English book on dentistry.
The Edict of Fontainebleau is issued by Louis XIV revoking the Edict of Nantes which gave Huguenots a right to practice their religion, free from persecution. Although Huguenots had steadily left France since the Dragonnades in 1681, this edict essentially ended official religious toleration in France.