David Attenborough, British naturalist
David Attenborough. Caricature of the British naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Frederick Attenborough (born 1926) holding a frog. Attenborough is most famous for the numerous BBC television nature documentaries he has presented. In the 1960s and 1970s he was controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television. His awards include Commander of the Order of the British Empire (1974), Fellow of the Royal Society (1983), Knight Bachelor (1985), Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (1991), Companion of Honour (1996) and the Order of Merit (2005).
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Medieval battle scene
Jonathan battling Baccide, from a French translation of Josephus' History of the Jews, 1400s.
Printed color lithograph reproduction of a miniature in a 15th century French manuscript.
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Peter the Great, Russian Tsar
Peter the Great (1685-1766), Russian Tsar. When he became Tsar, Peter modernized and expanded his realm, fighting several wars and founding the Russian Empire in 1721 at the Treaty of Nystad. This portrait, showing him in ceremonial armour with imperial regalia, is a work of oil on canvas, by the French portrait painter Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766). A battle scene is in the background at lower right. Nattier painted several portraits of the Tsar, including ones made in the period 1715 to 1717, during visits Peter made to both Amsterdam and Paris. This portrait is kept at the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia.
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