Sir Anthony Deane
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Sir Anthony Deane
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1690
29 1/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (743 mm x 629 mm)
Artistback to top
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1683 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Able and honest, Deane attracted the attention of Samuel Pepys, the Clerk of the Acts, to whom he owed his appointment as Master Shipwright at Harwich. He also served as Commissioner of the Navy from 1672-5 and sat in Parliament. In 1675 he was sent by Charles II to build two yachts for Louis XIV; this commission, his success, and his association with the Duke of York's party, led to an accusation of treason for which he was imprisoned in the Tower along with Pepys, only to be released without trial when the 'Popish Plot' collapsed. Both Pepys and John Evelyn admired the beauty of his ship designs, an example of which he holds in this portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 71
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 104
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 169
Events of 1690back to top
Current affairsWilliam III, forced to leave England to fight in Ireland, empowers Mary II, through the Regency Act, to exercise authority in his absence. William, however, unwilling to rest power solely with Mary, appoints a council of nine statesmen directly answerable to the absent king.
Art and sciencePhilosopher, John Locke, publishes An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding and Treatises on Government, in which he sets out his notion that human understanding is derived from experience.
Naturalist, John Ray, publishes Synopsis methodica stirpium Britannicarum. It became the most consulted book for the classification of British plants.
InternationalWilliam III lands in Ireland with an allied force of Protestant fighters from European states to fight French and Irish troops under James II. William's victory at the Battle of the Boyne forces James to flee into permanent exile.
French defeat the English at the naval battle of Beachy Head.