- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Antonio Verrio
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1704
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Antonio Verrio (1639?-1707), Decorative painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Antonio Verrio (1639?-1707), Decorative painter. Artist associated with 2 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
The early life of Verrio is obscure. By the 1660s he was working in Toulouse and is thought to have come to England in 1671. From about 1675 his chief and very profitable employment was for the Crown, producing vast wall and ceiling decorations at Windsor Castle and Whitehall, and in 1684 he was appointed Principal Painter. At the Revolution, Verrio, a firm Catholic, declined at first to work for William III but in 1699 returned to royal employment. This self-portrait was evidently painted late in life. In 1705 his eyes failed and he was given a pension. He was living at Hampton Court when he died.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 308
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 633
Events of 1704back to top
Current affairsLord High Treasurer, Sidney Godolphin, with considerable financial acumen,begins to shift the country's dependence from short-term borrowing to long-term. His management of the country's revenue allowed the government to fund John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough's successful fight against France.
Art and scienceMathematical scientist, Isaac Newton, recently made President of the Royal Society, presents his second major publication, Opticks, to the Society.
Daniel Defoe launches The Review, a periodical dedicated to news, specifically the war in Europe; it is published thrice weekly.
InternationalBattle of Blenheim marks a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession, as allied armies under John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, and Princes Eugene of Savoy and Lewis of Baden defeat the Franco-Bavarian army on the River Danube.
Admiral George Rooke captures Gibraltar.