© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir John Borlase
by Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt Click on the links below to find out more
oil on panel, 1625
44 1/2 in. x 35 7/8 in. (1130 mm x 911 mm)
- Sir John Borlase (1576-1648), General of the Ordnance and Governor of Ireland. Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portrait, which is signed and dated by the accomplished Dutch artist Miereveldt, was painted during Borlase's time in the Netherlands.
James I dies at Theobalds Palace, Hertfordshire and the Prince of Wales becomes Charles I. Charles's queen, Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henry IV of France, arrives in Dover escorted by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. The court moves to Oxford temporarily due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague.
Art and science
Under the patronage of the queen, a new theatre company is formed, the Queen Henrietta's Men. Richard Perkins is a founding member.
Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon, is recommended by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham to command a naval expedition to Spain. Though some Spanish ships were captured, Wimbledon failed to destroy Cadiz where most of the Spanish fleet was moored. Treaty of The Hague is signed between England and the Dutch Empire.