Queen Mary II
Queen Mary II
by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1695 (1690)
13 3/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (340 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 15 in. x 10 7/8 in. (380 mm x 275 mm) paper size
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- Queen Mary II (1662-1694), Reigned with William III 1689-94. Sitter associated with 95 portraits.
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Current affairsPrincess Anne, daughter of James II by Anne Hyde, and now heir apparent to the English throne, returns to court having retired two years previously over William III's dismissal of John Churchill and his wife, Sarah, Anne's closest companion.
Art and scienceWilliam Congreve's comical farce, Love for Love, exemplifying the height of Restoration comedy, reopens Lincoln's Inn Theatre with a new actors' company led by actor Thomas Betterton. Its witty, sparking dialogue made it hugely popular with audiences.
InternationalWilliam III and Maximilian II Emanuel of Bavaria, commanding the army of the grand alliance, recapture Namur in the Spanish Netherlands from the French. Despite a period of victories, the Netherlands and England begin to struggle financially under the economic strain of the ongoing Nine Years' War.
- Portrait of the Day: Isaac Newton
23 December, 12:30
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