possibly by John Sturt, after Mary Beale line engraving, published 1691 7 1/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (180 mm x 104 mm) plate size; 7 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (197 mm x 120 mm) paper size Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931 Reference Collection NPG D29557
John Tillotson reluctantly accepts the appointment of Archbishop of Canterbury. A prominent preacher, Tillotson hoped his aims to unite the country's Protestants and initiate a moral reformation would be fulfilled by the dual monarchy.
Art and science
Dramatic opera, King Arthur, by poet John Dryden, is staged for the first time. Written originally in 1684, the play is revived as an opera with music by Henry Purcell.
Treaty of Limerick ends fighting between Irish Jacobites and Williamites; its military articles gave Jacobites the choice to leave Ireland or accept William as king; the civil articles, more controversially, ensured protection of Jacobite Irish gentry. As a lord justice of Ireland, Thomas Coningsby, is instrumental in finalising the settlement.