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King Richard III

by Jodocus Hondius, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1611
2 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. (65 mm x 65 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D21257

Sitterback to top

  • King Richard III (1452-1485), Reigned 1483-85. Sitter associated with 27 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Jodocus Hondius (1563-1611), Artist, engraver and cartographer. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist associated with 6557 portraits.

Events of 1611back to top

Current affairs

Archbishop of Canterbury, Richard Bancroft, dies and is succeeded by George Abbot. Abbot's attempts to unite the churches of Scotland and England in 1608, found favour with the king, probably assisting in his preferment to the archbishopric.

Art and science

Cartographer John Speed publishes the first comprehensive atlas of Great Britain.
Under the patronage of James I, the King James Bible is published, the most famous English translation of the scriptures.
Playwright Benjamin Jonson, with designs by Inigo Jones, stages his court masque, Oberon, at Whitehall Palace.

International

The betrothal of the ten year old French king, Louis XIII, to the daughter of Philip III of Spain, the equally young Infanta, Anne, is agreed in the Treaty of Fontainebleau, cementing a political alliance between their two respective countries, whilst raising Protestant fears in England.

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