- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Peter Cross
watercolour on vellum laid down on gessoed card, 1703
3 3/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (86 mm x 70 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery (originally Alan Evans Bequest), 1994
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 30
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 75
- Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 51 Read entry
The portrait of Henry Brett is another characteristic example of Cross's work, again showing his controversial monogram, which appears on both obverse and reverse of the miniature. Colonel Brett is believed to have been the 'Colonel Ramble' of the Tatler, the periodical founded by Richard Steele, which appeared thrice weekly between 12 April 1709 and 2 January 1711, and was largely devoted to defining and establishing standards in manners and artistic taste.
Events of 1703back to top
Current affairsA great storm ravages southern England killing thousands at sea and wrecking several naval warships along the coast.
The Scottish Parliament passes a Bill of Security stipulating that the successor to the Scottish throne is Protestant, descended from Scottish kings. It is vetoed by the English Parliament.
Art and scienceScholarly church historian, William Wake, publishes The State of the Church and Clergy of England, a history of English synods since Anglo-Saxon times.
Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet, by Admiral George Rooke provides the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the century.
InternationalDiplomat, John Methuen, negotiates commercial treaties between England and Portugal to facilitate trading relations.
Portugal enters the grand alliance against France in the War of the Spanish Succession.
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