by Unknown artist, after Martin Droeshout
15 3/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (392 mm x 248 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Dramatist and poet. Sitter associated with 104 portraits.
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Events of 1623back to top
Current affairsCharles, Prince of Wales, accompanied by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, travel to Madrid incognito under the names Tom and Jack Smith, determined to secure a marriage with Infanta Maria Anna of Spain. They return to England unsuccessful to the relief of the nation.
Art and scienceThe First Folio of William Shakespeare's plays is published, dedicated to William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke and his brother, Philip Herbert, courtiers and patrons of the arts.
Work begins on the Queen's Chapel, designated for Catholic worship, at St James's Palace to Inigo Jones's design.