'The Works of Sir William Davenant', frontispiece, printed by TN for Henry Herringman, London, 1673.
In 1656, when Cromwell who opposed theatrical performances was still in power, William Davenant succeeded in producing ‘The Siege of Rhodes’ in his home in an all-sung version. He staged it with moveable scenery arranged in perspective, which was to prove highly influential.
According to legend, Davenant was the illegitimate son of William Shakespeare. He contributed to the last of the Stuart masques and was a fervent Royalist. After Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, Davenant and Thomas Killigrew were granted royal patents, which gave them virtual monopoly over presenting drama in London. These monopolies were not revoked until the 19th century.
"Hi, I would like to show you a 17c miniature in a silver locket I have. if you are interested send me your email and I will send you the image. I would be curious to know if you think it’s Charles II. Kind regards, David"
I don’t think this is Charles II, but he does look familiar.
Does anyone have any ideas?
French 17th Century Dress
George Villiers 1st Duke of Buckingham
By Paul van Somer
Louis XIII of France 1610 - 1643
King James I of England and VI of Scotland aged 19
First ‘Lonely Hearts’ ad from 1695, asks for “some good young Gentlewoman that has a Fortune of 3000 l. or thereabout”
Arrival of Louis XIV preceded by his guardsmen at the old palace of Versailles in 1669, Adam Frans Van der Meulen (1632-1690), Versailles, châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon © RMN (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot
"The Poultry-yard" by Jan Steen (1660)