Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn

1 portrait of Anne Boleyn

Unknown woman formerly known as Anne Boleyn

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, circa 1746
14 1/2 in. x 9 in. (368 mm x 230 mm) plate size; 15 1/2 in. x 10 in. (394 mm x 254 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D20391


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  • Anne Boleyn (circa 1500-1536), Second Queen of Henry VIII. Sitter associated with 23 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 314 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
  • Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780), Engraver. Artist associated with 435 portraits.
  • John & Paul Knapton (active 1735-1789), Booksellers and publishers. Artist associated with 290 portraits.

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Current affairs

Jacobites are defeated by the Duke of Cumberland and his forces at the Battle of Culloden; the last battle to take place on British soil. Bonnie Prince Charlie escapes to France with the help of Flora MacDonald. His supporters the Earl of Kilmarnock and Lord Balmeniro are beheaded. Dress Act bans Tartan and Highland dress.

Art and science

Scottish physician William Hunter begins his public lectures on anatomy. Italian artist Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, arrives in England, where he remains until 1755. Quaker Minister and pharmacist William Cookworthy discovers kaolin or china clay in Cornwall and devises a way of making porcelain, which was previously imported from China.

International

War of the Austrian Succession: French forces led by Joseph François Dupleix capture the British East India Company's fort at Madras. One of its defenders, Robert Clive, makes his name by escaping his French captors. Frederick II of Prussia begins building his summer palace of Sans Souci at Potsdam. His three victories in 1745 cause him to be known as Frederick the Great. Philip V of Spain dies and is succeeded by Ferdinand VI.

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