2 of 21 portraits of John Donne
after Isaac Oliver
oil on canvas, possibly late 17th century, based on a work of 1616
21 in. x 17 1/2 in. (533 mm x 445 mm)
Artistback to top
- Isaac Oliver (circa 1565-1617), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This portrait is based on a miniature by Isaac Oliver painted in 1616.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Charles Nicholl, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 87
- Nicholl, Charles, Character Sketches: Elizabethan Writers, 1997, p. 34
- Nicholl, Charles, Insights: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, 2005, p. 67
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 183
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 65
Events of 1616back to top
Current affairsPlaywright, William Shakespeare, dies in Stratford-Upon-Avon on 23rd April, after he contracted a fever. He is buried days later inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
James I's second son, Charles, is invested as Prince of Wales at a lavish ceremony at Whitehall.
Art and sciencePoet and playwright Benjamin Jonson, is granted a royal pension effectively establishing him as the first poet laureate in all but name.
Queen Anne commissions Inigo Jones to design a pavilion at Greenwich, the Queen's House.
InternationalSir Walter Ralegh, released from prison, begins planning an expedition to Guiana in search of El Dorado. With established Spanish settlements in the area, Ralegh's expedition unsettled the court which sought lasting peace with Spain.
The Catholic Church places Nicolaus Copernicus's De revolutionibus, 1543, on its list of prohibited books.
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