by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Anne Killigrew
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
9 3/8 in. x 7 1/4 in. (237 mm x 184 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- Anne Killigrew (1660-1685), Poet and painter. Sitter associated with 7 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
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A full-length self-portrait of Killigrew still exists, at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, and this mezzotint by Beckett records a smaller self-portrait, now lost. Here she shows herself in rich fabric and pearls, but with no collar and her dress undone at the neck, reflecting the contemporary fashion for informal dress in portraits.
Events of 1683back to top
Current affairsRye House Plot, a conspiracy to murder the king and his heir, James, Duke of York, is leaked to the government by minor conspirator, Josiah Keeling. Arrests follow; some conspirators are executed, others pardoned while several flee the country.
Worst ever recorded frost in England freezes the Thames.
Art and scienceEngland's first public museum, the Ashmolean Museum, is opened by Oxford University to house a substantial collection donated by the Antiquary, Elias Ashmole.
InternationalFinancial constraints forces Charles II to decide to relinquish Tangiers, an English possession since 1661, unable to continue its defence against the Moors. Admiral, George Legge, Baron Dartmouth, is commissioned to oversee the port's demolition. Diarist, Samuel Pepys accompanies Dartmouth as his secretary during the expedition.
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