17 of 104 portraits of William Shakespeare
after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, mid-late 18th century
8 7/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (226 mm x 142 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Dramatist and poet. Sitter associated with 104 portraits.
Events of 1701back to top
Current affairsExiled James II dies in France. Various parts of his body are interred in a number of churches around the country; his corpse is buried in the English church in the Faubourg St. Jacques.
The Act of Settlement is passed, securing the throne to the Protestant Hanoverians.
Art and scienceSupported by the Bishop of London, Henry Compton, The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, founded by Thomas Bray, obtains a royal charter.
Publication of The Christian Hero, the first major work by essayist Richard Steele.