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Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson

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- set matching 'Wheatley's London (vol 1, part 3)'

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Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson

by George Vertue, after Gerrit van Honthorst, after Abraham van Blyenberch
line engraving, 1711 (circa 1617)
14 3/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (364 mm x 249 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19205

Sitterback to top

Artistsback to top

  • Abraham van Blyenberch (1575 or 1576-1624), Artist. Artist associated with 15 portraits.
  • Gerrit van Honthorst (1590-1656), Artist. Artist associated with 51 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
  • George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 864 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D27954: Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson (from same plate)
  • NPG D4474: Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson (from same plate)
  • NPG D36738: Benjamin ('Ben') Jonson (from same plate)

Events of 1711back to top

Current affairs

Queen Anne dismisses from office her closest companion, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, over disagreements principally concerning matters of state. Sarah's husband, the Duke of Marlborough, is also dismissed, a victim of ambition and political intrigue.
The South Sea Company is launched to undertake the nation's debt.

Art and science

Composer, George Frideric Handel's first London opera Rinaldo is staged at the Queen's Theatre and privately performed for the queen on her birthday at St. James's Palace. The following year Handel would leave the Hanoverian court to settle in London.
Essayists, Sir Richard Steele and Joseph Addison establish The Spectator.

International

Secret peace negotiations between France and England resume to end the War of the Spanish Succession. Lord treasurer, Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford sends poet and diplomat, Matthew Prior, to France accompanied by Louis XIV's secret negotiator, François Gaultier, to conduct talks directly with the French king.

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