9 of 22 portraits of Robert Boyle
by John Smith, after Johann Kerseboom
mezzotint, 1689 (1689)
10 5/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (272 mm x 201 mm) plate size; 10 3/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (275 mm x 207 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Chemist and natural philosopher. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
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Events of 1689back to top
Current affairsWilliam III is crowned jointly with his wife Mary II in Westminster Abbey in an unprecedented coronation of two monarchs.
The Bill of Rights is passed establishing the supremacy of Parliament, while limiting the power of the Crown.
Scottish Jacobites defeat Williamite troops at the Battle of Killiiecrankie.
Art and scienceThomas Shadwell, appointed poet laureate and historiographer royal, replaces John Dryden, his literary adversary.
John Riley and Godfrey Kneller are jointly appointed principal painter to the king.
Composer Henry Purcell presents his opera, Dido and Aeneas, at Josias Priest's girls' school.