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  • Porto Alegre (Brazil)

    Porto Alegre, city, capital of Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It lies near the Atlantic Ocean coast at the northern end of the freshwater Patos Lagoon along an arm of the lagoon known as the Guaíba River. The city is situated at the junction of five short but deep rivers that

  • Porto de Leixões (port, Portugal)

    Port of Leixões, principal port serving the city of Porto and northern Portugal. It is an artificial harbour on the Atlantic Ocean, within the town of Matosinhos, 5.5 miles (9 km) northwest of central Porto. Porto is prevented by a sandbar from having a deepwater harbour of its own. The Leixões

  • Porto dos Casais (Brazil)

    Porto Alegre, city, capital of Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It lies near the Atlantic Ocean coast at the northern end of the freshwater Patos Lagoon along an arm of the lagoon known as the Guaíba River. The city is situated at the junction of five short but deep rivers that

  • Porto dos Cazaes (Brazil)

    Porto Alegre, city, capital of Rio Grande do Sul estado (state), southern Brazil. It lies near the Atlantic Ocean coast at the northern end of the freshwater Patos Lagoon along an arm of the lagoon known as the Guaíba River. The city is situated at the junction of five short but deep rivers that

  • Porto Empedocle (Italy)

    Agrigento: It is served by Porto Empedocle, 9 miles (15 km) southwest, the best harbour on the southwest coast of Sicily and Italy’s principal sulfur port. Pop. (2006 est.) mun., 59,111.

  • Porto Grande (Bangladesh)

    Chittagong, city that is the chief Indian Ocean port of Bangladesh. It lies about 12 miles (19 km) north of the mouth of the Karnaphuli River, in the southeastern arm of the country. Chittagong is the second largest city in Bangladesh, after Dhaka. Pop. (2001) city, 2,023,489; metro. area,

  • Porto Marghera (district, Venice, Italy)

    Venice: The port of Venice: …of commercial shipping today is Port Marghera, developed next to the suburb of Mestre on the mainland shore west of Venice. Marco Polo International Airport (1960) was built on reclaimed land at Tessera, to the northwest of the city. Although these areas are incorporated into the administration of Venice, the…

  • Porto Santo Island (island, Portugal)

    Madeira Islands: Porto Santo Island is about 26 miles (42 km) northeast of Madeira. Its main town, Vila de Porto Santo, is locally called the Vila. At each end of the island are hills, of which Facho Peak, the highest, reaches 1,696 feet (515 metres). Crops include…

  • porto sepolto, Il (work by Ungaretti)

    Giuseppe Ungaretti: These poems, published in Il porto sepolto (1916; “The Buried Port”), used neither rhyme, punctuation, nor traditional form; this was Ungaretti’s first attempt to strip ornament from words and to present them in their purest, most evocative form. Though reflecting the experimental attitude of the Futurists, Ungaretti’s poetry developed…

  • Porto Torres (Italy)

    Porto Torres, town, northwestern Sardinia, Italy. It lies along the Gulf of Asinara (an inlet of the Mediterranean) at the mouth of the Mannu River, just northwest of Sassari city, for which it is the port. Originally a Phoenician port, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians and by the

  • Pôrto Velho (Brazil)

    Pôrto Velho, city, capital of Rondônia estado (state), western Brazil. It lies in the northwest corner of the state along the south bank of the Madeira River, a tributary of the Amazon, at an elevation of about 300 feet (100 metres). Pôrto Velho was installed as the municipal seat in 1915. The head

  • Porto-Novo (national capital, Benin)

    Porto-Novo, city and capital of Benin. It lies on the Gulf of Guinea in western Africa. It is located on a coastal lagoon at the extreme southeastern part of the country and was probably founded in the late 16th century. The city, formerly known as Ajase, served as the capital for the Yoruba state

  • Porto-Novo (ancient kingdom, Benin)

    Benin: …the south the kingdoms of Porto-Novo and Dahomey (Dan-ho-me, “on the belly of Dan;” Dan was a rival king on whose grave Dahomey’s royal compound was built). In the late 19th century French colonizers making inroads from the coastal region into the interior borrowed the name of the defeated Dahomey…

  • Porto-Novo Lagoon (lagoon, Africa)

    Benin: Relief: …while in the east the Porto-Novo Lagoon provides a natural waterway to the port of Lagos, Nigeria, although its use is discouraged by the political boundary. Only at Grand-Popo and at Cotonou do the lagoons have outlets to the sea.

  • Porto-Riche, Georges de (French writer)

    Georges de Porto-Riche, French playwright who began as a writer of historical dramas but made his most original contribution with psychological plays produced at the new realistic Théâtre-Libre of André Antoine in the 1890s. Porto-Riche came to public notice when La Chance de Françoise became the

  • Portobelo (Panama)

    Portobelo, village, east-central Panama. It is situated along the Caribbean Sea coast, about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Colón. The name Portobelo, meaning “beautiful harbour,” was given by Christopher Columbus in 1502; the village was founded in 1597. Portobelo grew to become a strongly

  • Portocarrero, René (Cuban artist)

    Cuba: Visual arts: contemporary artists—Wifredo Lam, René Portocarrero, Mariano Rodríguez, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Raúl Martínez—share space with younger artists. The Ministry of Culture provides most of the materials needed by artists and also guarantees jobs to graduates of the Higher Institute of Art. Painters in Cuba tend to work in many…

  • Portofino (Italy)

    Portofino, village, Liguria regione, northwestern Italy. On the Riviera di Levante, it is situated at the southeast end of the small promontory of Portofino, which encloses the Gulf of Rapallo on the west. A picturesque fishing village with a small port at the head of an inlet lined with brightly

  • Portogruaro (Italy)

    Portogruaro, town, Veneto regione, northeastern Italy, on the Lemene River. The town has old houses (dating from the 14th century), ancient gates and arcades, and a cathedral with a slender campanile that is slightly askew. The Palazzo Comunale is a 14th-century Gothic building. An archaeological

  • Portolá, Gaspar de (Spanish military officer)

    Gaspar de Portolá, Spanish military officer, the first governor of Upper California, and founder of Monterey and San Diego. The son of a noble family, Portolá entered the Spanish army in 1734. After 30 years of service in Europe, he rose to the rank of captain. In 1767 the Spanish monarchy sent him

  • portolan chart

    Portolan chart, navigational chart of the European Middle Ages (1300–1500). The earliest dated navigational chart extant was produced at Genoa by Petrus Vesconte in 1311 and is said to mark the beginning of professional cartography. The portolan charts were characterized by rhumb lines, lines that

  • portolano

    Portolan chart, navigational chart of the European Middle Ages (1300–1500). The earliest dated navigational chart extant was produced at Genoa by Petrus Vesconte in 1311 and is said to mark the beginning of professional cartography. The portolan charts were characterized by rhumb lines, lines that

  • portorium (tax)

    Octroi, tax levied by a local political unit, normally the commune or municipal authority, on certain categories of goods as they enter the area. The tax was first instituted in Italy in Roman times, when it bore the title of vectigal, or portorium. Octrois were still in existence in France,

  • Portoviejo (Ecuador)

    Portoviejo, city, western Ecuador, in the Pacific lowlands on the eastern bank of the Portoviejo River. Founded by Spanish colonists in 1535 near the coast, it was moved inland to its present site in 1628 because of Indian attacks. The town is a commercial centre in an agricultural and lumbering

  • portrait (art)

    drawing: Charcoal: …has often been used for portrait drawings to preserve for the eventual painting pictorial tints that were already present in the preliminary sketch. When destined to be autonomous portraits, charcoal drawings are executed in detail; with their sharp accents and delicate modelling, such portraits cover the whole range of the…

  • portrait d’apparat (art)

    John Singleton Copley: …made eloquent use of the portrait d’apparat—a Rococo device of portraying the subject with the objects associated with him in his daily life—that gave his work a liveliness and acuity not usually associated with 18th-century American painting. This device allowed Copley to insert English references into his portraits, thereby reinforcing…

  • Portrait d’un inconnu (novel by Sarraute)

    Nathalie Sarraute: …Sarraute’s Portrait d’un inconnu (1947; Portrait of a Man Unknown). She was one of the most widely translated and discussed of the nouveau roman school. Her works reject the “admirable implements” forged by past realistic novelists such as Honoré de Balzac, particularly the use of biographical description to create full-bodied…

  • portrait gallery

    museum: History museums: …of history museum is the portrait gallery, in which pictures are collected and displayed less for aesthetic reasons than for the purpose of communicating the images of actual persons. Although the idea of a portrait gallery is of some antiquity—a large collection of portraits of the kings of France and…

  • Portrait historié as Isaac and Rebecca (painting by Rembrandt)

    Rembrandt van Rijn: Fourth Amsterdam period (1658–69): …Rebecca (1667), better known as The Jewish Bride (portrait historié is a phrase used to indicate a portrait in which the sitter is—or in this case the sitters are—rendered in a historic role with historicizing costumes). Shortly before his death Rembrandt was preparing a number of copperplates for an etched…

  • Portrait in Brownstone (novel by Auchincloss)

    Louis Auchincloss: …of Five Talents (1960) and Portrait in Brownstone (1962), examine family relationships over a period of decades. Others, notably The Rector of Justin (1964) and Diary of a Yuppie (1987), are studies of a single character, often from many points of view. Auchincloss frequently linked the stories in his collections…

  • Portrait in Sepia (novel by Allende)

    Isabel Allende: …and Retrato en sepia (2000; Portrait in Sepia), about a woman tracing the roots of her past. El Zorro (2005; Zorro) is a retelling of the well-known legend, and Inés del alma mía (2006; Inés of My Soul) tells the fictionalized story of Inés Suárez, the mistress of conquistador Pedro…

  • portrait miniature (art)

    painting: Miniature painting: Portrait miniatures, or limnings, were originally painted in watercolour with body colour on vellum and card. They were often worn in jewelled, enamelled lockets. Sixteenth-century miniaturists, such as Hans Holbein the Younger, Jean Clouet, Nicholas Hilliard, and Isaac Oliver, painted them in the tradition of…

  • Portrait of a Condottiere (work by Antonello da Messina)

    Antonello da Messina: …realism of such panels as Portrait of a Condottiere (1475), which established his reputation in northern Italy. During this period Antonello might have traveled to Rome and come into contact with the works of Fra Angelico and Piero della Francesca.

  • Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed (work by Cornwell)

    Patricia Cornwell: …a work of nonfiction (Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed, 2002). The latter book controversially posits the artist Walter Sickert as the fiendish killer.

  • Portrait of a Knight (painting by Savoldo)

    Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo: …treatment in such works as Portrait of a Knight (c. 1525). Savoldo defined his luminous, meticulously detailed figures by setting them against darkened, twilit skies, a technique that culminated in Saint Matthew and the Angel (1530–35) and St. Mary Magdalene Approaching the Sepulchre (c. 1535). The portrait long known as…

  • Portrait of a Lady (painting by Manet)

    drawing: Charcoal: In “Portrait of a Lady,” by the 19th-century French painter Édouard Manet, the grain of the wood in the chair, the fur trimming on the dress, the compactness of the coiffure, and the softness of the flesh are all rendered in the same material: charcoal. Popular…

  • Portrait of a Lady, The (film by Campion [1996])

    Jane Campion: Campion’s subsequent films included The Portrait of a Lady (1996), an adaptation of the novel by Henry James starring Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich; Holy Smoke (1999), a dramedy that examines spiritual awakenings and deprogrammers and featured Kate Winslet; and the thriller In the Cut (2003). In 2009 Campion

  • Portrait of a Lady, The (novel by James)

    The Portrait of a Lady, novel by Henry James, published in three volumes in 1881. The masterpiece of the first phase of James’s career, the novel is a study of Isabel Archer, a young American woman of great promise who travels to Europe and becomes a victim of her own provincialism. It offers a

  • Portrait of a Man (painting by Antonello da Messina)

    Antonello da Messina: …human psychology as seen in Portrait of a Man (c. 1472), a work that presaged the uncanny vitality and meticulous realism of such panels as Portrait of a Condottiere (1475), which established his reputation in northern Italy. During this period Antonello might have traveled to Rome and come into contact…

  • Portrait of a Man Unknown (novel by Sarraute)

    Nathalie Sarraute: …Sarraute’s Portrait d’un inconnu (1947; Portrait of a Man Unknown). She was one of the most widely translated and discussed of the nouveau roman school. Her works reject the “admirable implements” forged by past realistic novelists such as Honoré de Balzac, particularly the use of biographical description to create full-bodied…

  • Portrait of a Woman at the Spinning Wheel (work by Heemskerck)

    Maerten van Heemskerck: …Colosseum (1553) and the well-known Portrait of a Woman at the Spinning Wheel (c. 1531). From 1548 onward he produced many designs for engravings.

  • Portrait of a Young Girl with a Prayer Book (painting by Bronzino)

    Il Bronzino: …with Her Son Giovanni and Portrait of a Young Girl with a Prayer Book (c. 1545) are preeminent examples of Mannerist portraiture: emotionally inexpressive, reserved, and noncommittal yet arrestingly elegant and decorative. Bronzino’s great technical proficiency and his stylized rounding of sinuous anatomical forms are also notable. His many other…

  • Portrait of a Young Man (painting by Bellini)

    Giovanni Bellini: …head of state, and his Portrait of a Young Man (c. 1505; thought to be a likeness of the Venetian writer and humanist Pietro Bembo) in the British royal collection portrays all the sensitivity of a poet.

  • Portrait of a Young Woman (painting by Münter)

    Gabriele Münter: Her notable works include Portrait of a Young Woman (1909) and Red Cloud (1911). Münter and Kandinsky ended their relationship about 1916. In her later work she used a more subdued palette and often painted portraits of women.

  • Portrait of Ambroise Vollard (work by Picasso)

    Cubism: …the canvas, as in Picasso’s Portrait of Ambroise Vollard (1909–10). In their work from this period, Picasso and Braque frequently combined representational motifs with letters; their favourite motifs were musical instruments, bottles, pitchers, glasses, newspapers, and the human face and figure.

  • Portrait of an Army Doctor (painting by Gleizes)

    Albert Gleizes: …in Toul, France, he painted Portrait of an Army Doctor (1914–15), a work that had been commissioned by a doctor by the name of Lambert, who was instrumental in making it possible for Gleizes to paint while in the army. According to the artist, however, Lambert was disappointed in the…

  • Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (painting by Hockney)

    David Hockney: The following year Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), one of Hockney’s most well-known paintings, sold at auction for some $90 million, breaking the record for a living artist and cementing his place in the art history canon.

  • Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (novel by Heller)

    Joseph Heller: His final novel, Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man (2000), was published posthumously, as was Catch As Catch Can: The Collected Stories and Other Writings (2003). Heller also wrote an autobiography, Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here (1998), and his dramatic work includes the…

  • Portrait of Charles IX, Full-Length (work by Clouet)

    François Clouet: …a 16th-century ascription to him, “Portrait of Charles IX, Full-Length” (probably 1569). The identification of the preparatory drawing for the last picture has enabled experts to attribute 50 portrait drawings and several painted portraits to François.

  • Portrait of Dr. Gachet (painting by van Gogh)

    art market: Art as investment: …Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito purchased Portrait of Dr. Gachet for $82.5 million.

  • Portrait of Federico Gonzaga as a Boy (work by Francia)

    Francia: …portraits, such as the “Portrait of Federico Gonzaga as a Boy” (1510; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City), reveal his most personal style, which has been called excessively refined.

  • Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci (painting by Leonardo da Vinci)

    Leonardo da Vinci: Painting and drawing: In the portrait Ginevra de’ Benci (c. 1474/78), Leonardo opened new paths for portrait painting with his singular linking of nearness and distance and his brilliant rendering of light and texture. He presented the emaciated body of his St. Jerome (unfinished; c. 1482) in a sobering light, imbuing…

  • Portrait of Guillaume Budé (work by Clouet)

    Jean Clouet: …and cleaning of the well-documented “Portrait of Guillaume Budé” enabled the characteristics of Clouet’s art to be established. Budé himself stated about 1536 that Jean Clouet had painted a portrait of him. Since the preparatory drawing for this picture exists in Chantilly and is obviously by the same hand as…

  • Portrait of Jennie (film by Dieterle [1948])

    William Dieterle: Middle years: …critical and commercial success with Portrait of Jennie (1948). The love story featured Jones and Cotten, and its supernatural twist was borrowed by subsequent films. In 1949 Dieterle directed The Accused, an entertaining film noir about a college professor (Loretta Young) on the run from a homicide detective (Wendell Corey)…

  • Portrait of Kossuth (glassware)

    glassware: Historical flasks: …Jenny Lind, the Swedish singer; Lajos Kossuth, the Hungarian patriot; Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution; and the notorious Thomas W. Dyott, a patent-medicine vendor and bottle manufacturer. These containers were used also as propaganda during political campaigns. William Henry Harrison is pictured in this connection…

  • Portrait of Lee Miller as L’Arlésienne (painting by Picasso)

    Lee Miller: …painted Miller six times, including Portrait of Lee Miller as L’Arlésienne (1937). In 1939 she left Bey and moved to London to be with Penrose. The next year Miller photographed London during and after the Blitz—as the German wartime night raids on Britain’s industrial centres came to be called—a series…

  • Portrait of Madamee Georges Charpentier (painting by Renoir)

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Later years: …to Paris to see his Portrait of Madame Georges Charpentier, which had been recently acquired by the state. On that occasion, several friends wheeled him for the last time through the Louvre to view the masterpieces that he had venerated throughout his life.

  • Portrait of Maria Ivanovna Lopukhina (painting by Borovikovsky)

    Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky: …works of this period was Portrait of Maria Ivanovna Lopukhina (1797). In this work the calm, reposing position of her body stands in contrast to her delicately raised head, enchanting the viewer with the tenderness of her countenance and the profound seriousness, almost sadness, of her glance. The blossoming roses…

  • Portrait of Marina Abramovic, A (film by Placek [2013])
  • Portrait of Mohammad II (work by Bellini)

    Gentile Bellini: …Gentile painted there is the Portrait of Mohammad II (c. 1480), a masterful characterization of the shrewd, cultivated ruler. In his pen-and-gouache drawing Seated Scribe (1479–80), Gentile employs a flat patterned style similar to that of the Turkish miniatures that influenced such later works as his Portrait of Doge Giovanni…

  • Portrait of Monsieur Bertin (work by Ingres)

    J.-A.-D. Ingres: Maturity: In 1832 he produced the Portrait of Monsieur Bertin, a pictorial paean to the tenacity of the newly empowered middle class. Ingres’s masterful characterization of his pugnacious sitter, along with the portrait’s mesmerizing realism, earned him popular as well as critical accolades at the 1833 Salon.

  • Portrait of My Youth, A (work by Yi)

    Yi Munyŏl: Chŏlmŭn nal ŭi ch’osang (1981; A Portrait of My Youth), a trilogy of novellas, recorded a young man’s Herculean efforts to overcome his romantic nihilism and his impulse to commit suicide. Hwagje-rŭl wihayŏ (1982; Hail to the Emperor!), a jeu d’esprit, is a rambunctious satire on imperial delusions that showcases…

  • Portrait of Pablo Picasso in a Black Hat (painting by Maar)

    Dora Maar: …to be his signature (Portrait of Pablo Picasso in a Black Hat [1939]). By 1944 relations between Maar and Picasso were strained, and the two became increasingly estranged. They separated completely in 1946. Maar, meanwhile, exhibited more frequently in the 1940s.

  • Portrait of Pope Innocent X (work by Bacon)

    Francis Bacon: …he converted Diego Velázquez’s famous Portrait of Pope Innocent X into a nightmarish icon of hysterical terror.

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A (novel by Joyce)

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, autobiographical novel by James Joyce, published serially in The Egoist in 1914–15 and in book form in 1916; considered by many the greatest bildungsroman in the English language. The novel portrays the early years of Stephen Dedalus, who later reappeared as

  • Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, A (novel by Joaquin)

    Nick Joaquin: A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino (1966), a celebrated play, attempts to reconcile historical events with dynamic change. The Aquinos of Tarlac: An Essay on History as Three Generations (1983) presents a biography of Benigno Aquino, the assassinated presidential candidate. The action of the…

  • Portrait of the Artist Surrounded by Masks (painting by Ensor)

    James, Baron Ensor: …given frightening expression in his Portrait of the Artist Surrounded by Masks. He finally became a recluse and was seen in public so seldom that he was rumoured to be dead.

  • Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (painting by Whistler)

    James McNeill Whistler: …of the Artist’s Mother or Whistler’s Mother).

  • Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890–1914, A (work by Tuchman)

    Barbara Tuchman: Tuchman’s next book, The Proud Tower (1966), subtitled A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890–1914, was a survey of European and American society, culture, and politics in the 1890s. She was awarded a second Pulitzer Prize for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45 (1970).…

  • Portrait of Ubu (photomontage by Maar)

    Dora Maar: Portrait of Ubu (1936; also called Père Ubu), a monstrous close-up image by Maar of what may be an armadillo fetus (she would never confirm), became an icon of the movement.

  • Portraits contemporains (work by Sainte-Beuve)

    Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve: Early critical and historical writings: …contemporaries, as further collected in Portraits contemporains (1846), Sainte-Beuve became a member of the circle presided over by Mme Récamier, the famous hostess, and the writer and politician François-René de Chateaubriand. Sainte-Beuve greeted the appearance of Chateaubriand’s memoirs with enthusiasm, though a decade and a half later he was to…

  • Portraits de peintres (work by Hahn)

    Reynaldo Hahn: His piano suite Portraits de peintres was inspired by poems of Marcel Proust, who portrayed Hahn in his novel Jean Santeuil. Several of his exquisite art songs, such as “Si mes vers avaient des ailes” (“If my verse had wings”), remain in the concert repertory. Hahn’s music is…

  • Portraits in Color (work by Ovington)

    Mary White Ovington: She also wrote Portraits in Color (1927), a collection of short biographies of African American leaders, as well as several children’s books and a novel.

  • Portraits of Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino and of His Wife, Battista Sforza (work by Piero della Francesca)

    Piero della Francesca: Mature period: A famous diptych portrait of Duke Federico and his consort, Battista Sforza, was probably begun to commemorate their marriage in 1465. The paintings show Piero’s respect for visual fact in the unidealized features of the Duke and in the enchanting landscape backgrounds, which also indicate that he had…

  • Portraits of Outstanding American Citizens of Negro Origin (work by Waring)

    Laura Wheeler Waring: …Waring to paint the series Portraits of Outstanding American Citizens of Negro Origin. Among her well-known portrait subjects for this project were W.E.B. DuBois, George Washington Carver, Marian Anderson, and James Weldon Johnson. One year after her death, the Howard University Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., held an exhibit…

  • Portraits of the Emperors (painting by Yan Liben)

    Yan Liben: …important is the hand scroll Portraits of the Emperors, which depicts a series of emperors selected from about the preceding 800 years of history (only the last seven of the portraits are original; the first six were copies of earlier works). Yan Liben has imbued them with subtly defined characters…

  • portraiture (art)

    drawing: Charcoal: …has often been used for portrait drawings to preserve for the eventual painting pictorial tints that were already present in the preliminary sketch. When destined to be autonomous portraits, charcoal drawings are executed in detail; with their sharp accents and delicate modelling, such portraits cover the whole range of the…

  • Portrush (Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

    Portrush, town, Causeway Coast and Glens district, northern Northern Ireland, lying at the northwestern end of the Antrim Coast Road, on the basaltic peninsula of Ramore Head. Offshore in the Atlantic Ocean are the Skerries, a rocky group of islets forming a natural breakwater. The headland, or

  • Portsea Island (peninsula, England, United Kingdom)

    Portsmouth: Portsea Island, a narrow peninsula that separates two inlets of the English Channel: Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Langstone Harbour to the east. Portsmouth’s naval base and Royal Dockyard occupy the southwestern part of the peninsula, and Southsea lies on the peninsula’s southern tip.…

  • Portsmouth (New Hampshire, United States)

    Portsmouth, city, Rockingham county, southeastern New Hampshire, U.S., across the Piscataqua River from Kittery, Maine, on the Atlantic coast. It is New Hampshire’s oldest settlement, second oldest city, first capital, and only seaport. In 1623 a fishing settlement was built at the river’s mouth.

  • Portsmouth (Virginia, United States)

    Portsmouth, independent city and port, southeastern Virginia, U.S. It lies on the south shore of the Elizabeth River, opposite the city of Norfolk (connected by two bridges). The Elizabeth River flows into Hampton Roads and forms part of a fine natural harbour there. Portsmouth was the seat of

  • Portsmouth (Rhode Island, United States)

    Portsmouth, town (township), Newport county, southeastern Rhode Island, U.S. Portsmouth lies on the northern end of Rhode (Aquidneck) Island and along the Sakonnet River. It was founded in 1638 by William Coddington, John Clarke, Anne Hutchinson, and associates from the Massachusetts Bay colony and

  • Portsmouth (Ohio, United States)

    Portsmouth, city, seat (1816) of Scioto county, southern Ohio, U.S. Portsmouth lies along the Ohio River at the mouth of the Scioto River, about 90 miles (145 km) south of Columbus. It was founded in 1803 by Maj. Henry Massie, a land speculator, who named the place for Portsmouth, N.H., hometown of

  • Portsmouth (England, United Kingdom)

    Portsmouth, city and unitary authority, geographic and historic county of Hampshire, England. It is a major naval base and, with Southsea, a popular holiday resort. Portsmouth lies on Portsea Island, a narrow peninsula that separates two inlets of the English Channel: Portsmouth Harbour to the west

  • Portsmouth Compact (United States history)

    Portsmouth: The Portsmouth Compact, by which the settlers established a democratic government, is inscribed on a bronze and stone marker at Founder’s Brook. The settlement was incorporated as a town in 1640 and was probably renamed for Portsmouth, England; in that year it also entered into an…

  • Portsmouth Harbour (harbour, Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom)

    Portsmouth: …inlets of the English Channel: Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Langstone Harbour to the east. Portsmouth’s naval base and Royal Dockyard occupy the southwestern part of the peninsula, and Southsea lies on the peninsula’s southern tip. Portsmouth Harbour widens inward in bottle form, with Portsmouth on the east shore…

  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States)

    Kittery: The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (1800), which from the mid-1950s to 1971 built nuclear submarines and now overhauls and repairs them, is in Kittery. The Treaty of Portsmouth (1905), ending the Russo-Japanese War, was signed there. Nearby in South Berwick is the birthplace of novelist Sarah Orne…

  • Portsmouth Village (North Carolina, United States)

    Cape Lookout National Seashore: Portsmouth Village, chartered in 1753 and now a restored village on the National Register of Historic Places, lies on the northern tip of North Core Banks. A lighthouse at Cape Lookout on the southern tip of South Core Banks dates to 1859 and is still…

  • Portsmouth, Louise-Renée de Kéroualle, Duchess of (French noble)

    Louise-Renée de Kéroualle, duchess of Portsmouth, French mistress of Charles II of Great Britain, the least popular with his subjects but the ablest politician. The daughter of a Breton nobleman, Guillaume de Penancoet, Sieur de Kéroualle, she entered the household of Henrietta Anne, Duchess

  • Portsmouth, Louise-Renée de Kéroualle, Duchess of, Countess of Fareham, Baroness Petersfield, Duchesse d’Aubigny (French noble)

    Louise-Renée de Kéroualle, duchess of Portsmouth, French mistress of Charles II of Great Britain, the least popular with his subjects but the ablest politician. The daughter of a Breton nobleman, Guillaume de Penancoet, Sieur de Kéroualle, she entered the household of Henrietta Anne, Duchess

  • Portsmouth, Treaty of (Japanese-Russian history)

    Treaty of Portsmouth, (September 5 [August 23, Old Style], 1905), peace settlement signed at Kittery, Maine, in the U.S., ending the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. According to the terms of the treaty, which was mediated by U.S. Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, the defeated Russians recognized Japan as

  • Portstewart (Northern Ireland, United Kingdom)

    Coleraine: Portrush and Portstewart, located on the Atlantic coast northeast of the mouth of the Bann, are popular resort towns with a line of reefs known as The Skerries directly offshore. Area former district, 189 square miles (490 square km). Pop. (2001) town, 24,042; (2011) town, 24,630.

  • Portucale (Portugal)

    Porto, city and port, northern Portugal. The city lies along the Douro River, 2 miles (3 km) from the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean and 175 miles (280 km) north of Lisbon. World-famous for its port wine, Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and is the commercial and industrial centre for

  • Portugal

    Portugal, country lying along the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Once continental Europe’s greatest power, Portugal shares commonalities—geographic and cultural—with the countries of both northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Its cold, rocky northern coast and

  • Portugal Day (holiday)

    Portugal: Daily life and social customs: …parades and various cultural events; Portugal Day (June 10), which commemorates the death of 16th-century soldier-poet Luís de Camões; and Republic Day (October 5), which celebrates the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of the republic in 1910.

  • Portugal e o Futuro (work by Spínola)

    Portugal: The Revolution of the Carnations: …February 1974 of the book Portugal e o futuro (“Portugal and the Future”) by the colonial war hero General António de Spínola, who argued that the wars in Africa could not be settled by force of arms and advocated negotiated autonomy for the colonies and an alternative to Caetano’s leadership.…

  • Portugal Masters (golf tournament)

    Padraig Harrington: …following year he won the Portugal Masters, his first win on the European Tour since 2008. Harrington competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where golf made its return after having been absent from the Games for more than a century, but he failed to win a medal.

  • Portugal, flag of

    vertically divided green-red national flag with a coat of arms centred on the line between the two colours. The width-to-length ratio of the flag is 2 to 3.According to legend, in 1139 Count Afonso Henriques won a decisive victory against Moorish forces at Ourique. The five shields he supposedly

  • Portugal, history of

    Portugal: History: The earliest human remains found in Portugal are Neanderthal-type bones from Furninhas. A distinct culture first emerged in the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age) middens of the lower Tagus valley, dated about 5500 bce. Neolithic (New Stone Age) cultures

  • Portugalete (Spain)

    Portugalete, town, Vizcaya provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of the Basque Country, northern Spain. The town, a northwestern suburb of Bilbao, lies at the mouth of the Nervión River, on the western side of Bilbao Bay. It was founded in 1322 by María Díaz de

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