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by Charles Boit
enamel on copper, circa 1705
1 3/4 in. x 1 1/2 in. (44 mm x 38 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery (originally Alan Evans Bequest), 1994
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 8
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 14
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 51 Read entry
Charles Boit, Christian Richter and Joseph Goupy were among the many foreign artists flooding into England in the wake of Anthony van Dyck, Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and Michael Dahl. NPG 6282 is a rather pedestrian example of Boit's enamel portraiture - a head and shoulders version of his magnificent double portrait (a large enamel) of Queen Anne and Prince George of Denmark of 1706, now in the Royal Collection (Windsor Castle).
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Events of 1705back to top
Current affairsThe Act for the Naturalization of Princess Sophia, Electress of Hanover, following the Act of Settlement, 1701, ensures Sophia and her descendants, if Protestant, would succeed to the throne.
The passing of the Alien Act in Parliament deems any Scot in England to be a foreign subject.
Art and scienceAstronomer, Edmond Halley, publishes his celebrated work Synopsis astronomia cometicae.
Architect, Sir John Vanbrugh is appointed to design Blenheim Palace, a gift from the queen to John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory against the French at Blindheim, Bavaria.
InternationalCharles Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough having recently been appointed admiral alongside Sir Cloudesley Shovell, sails from England to fight a successful, though controversial campaign in Spain during the War of the Spanish Succession.
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