© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Francis Place, published by John Smith, after Gilbert Soest Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1693
10 3/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (265 mm x 210 mm) plate size; with 5 mm margins
- Richard Tompson (died 1693), Publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Sitter in 2 portraits, Artist associated with 116 portraits.
- Francis Place (1647-1728), Printmaker and potter. Artist associated with 20 portraits.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Gilbert Soest (circa 1605-1681), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 51 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
William III shift to the Whigs is made apparent by his appointment of John Somers and John Trenchard to senior government posts; his initial preference for mixed ministries waned principally due to Whig support of his foreign policies.
Art and science
Dramatist, William Congreve, stages his first two plays; The Old Bachelor
is enthusiastically received, conversely his subsequent play, The Double Dealer
, is not met with the same approval. In response, Congreve angrily attacks his critics in the dedication of its first publication.
Battle of Landen. French army heavily defeats English and Dutch forces under William III. William's retreat from the French cavalry is made possible by the defence of the bridge at Neerhespen, by Huguenot leader, Henri de Massue de Ruvigny. French defeat the British and Dutch merchant fleet, the Smyrna convoy.