1 of 6 portraits of Elias Ashmole
after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval, based on a work of 1687-1689
29 1/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (743 mm x 622 mm)
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Artistback to top
- John Riley (1646-1691), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 101 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 17
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 20
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1687back to top
Current affairsThe fellows of Magdalen College, defying James II's instructions that they choose a Roman Catholic as its president, elect John Hough, Bishop of Worcester. The crown subsequently expels the fellows and annuls Hough's position.
The Declaration of Indulgence is issued, granting greater religious tolerance towards nonconformists and Catholics.
Art and scienceAstronomer, Edmond Halley, publishes Isaac Newton's Principia, Newton's theory on the laws of gravity and motion.
Poet laureate, John Dryden, publishes The Hind and the Panther, a pro-Catholic, allegorical poem constructed as a theological discussion between the animals who represent the Church of Rome and Church of England respectively.