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Catherine of Braganza

Catherine of Braganza, published by John Smith, after  Jacob Huysmans, circa 1683-1729 (circa 1664) - NPG D11520 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Catherine of Braganza

published by John Smith, after Jacob Huysmans
mezzotint, circa 1683-1729 (circa 1664)
13 3/8 in. x 10 in. (340 mm x 255 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 10 3/8 in. (354 mm x 265 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1944
Reference Collection
NPG D11520

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Artistsback to top

  • Jacob Huysmans (1633?-1696), Artist. Artist associated with 32 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D7873: Catherine of Braganza (from same plate)
  • NPG D19915: Catherine of Braganza (from same plate)
  • NPG D32670: Catherine of Braganza (from same plate)

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Rye 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 science

England's first public museum, the Ashmolean Museum, is opened by Oxford University to house a substantial collection donated by the Antiquary, Elias Ashmole.

International

Financial 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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