King James II
King James II
by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Nicolas de Largillière
13 in. x 9 3/4 in. (343 mm x 248 mm) plate size; 14 1/4 in. x 10 7/8 in. (362 mm x 277 mm) paper size
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Artistsback to top
- Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Nicolas de Largillière (1656-1746). Artist associated with 42 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Events of 1686back to top
Current affairsJames II, determined to re-establish Catholicism as a state religion, reverses proscription for Catholics to positions of authority, revives the ecclesiastic Court of High Commission, and admits to the privy council four Catholic lords, including John Belasyse, Baron Belasyse of Worlaby.
Art and scienceA collection of poems by painter and poet, Anne Killigrew are posthumously published under the title, Poems by Mrs. Anne Killigrew'. A maid of honour to the queen, Mary of Modena, Killigrew was known for her beauty and virtuous nature.
InternationalThe League of Augsburg, founded by a coalition of European countries convened by the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, opposed the expansionist plans of France. James II creates the Dominion of New England, uniting the administrations of several English colonies in North America.