Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry

1 portrait on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, by Cornelius Johnson, 1639 - NPG 4815 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry

by Cornelius Johnson
oil on canvas, 1639
49 7/8 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1268 mm x 1004 mm)
Purchased, 1970
Primary Collection
NPG 4815


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  • Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 140 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 portraits.

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Cornelius Johnson painted Coventry on at least five different occasions during the 1620s and 1630s. This portrait, in a fine contemporary frame, shows him with the bag of the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, and the mace of the Speaker.

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  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 147
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 48

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Current affairs

First Bishop's War. Conflict between Scotland and England over the king's intention to replace Scottish Presbyterianism with High Anglicanism is fiercely opposed by Scottish covenanters. Both sides assemble armies with Archibald Campbell, Marquess of Argyll emerging as leader of the covenanters. Only skirmishes occur, quickly leading to negotiations at Berwick.

Art and science

Archbishop Laud donates the Peterborough Chronicle, one of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, to the Bodleian Library. Astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks having predicted the transit of Venus in November, observes and records it. Horrocks's draft treatise on the planet's transit, Venus in sole visa, is posthumously published by Johannes Hevelius in 1662.

International

Naval Battle of the Downs. Dutch Admiral Maarten Tromp, decisively defeats the Spanish, under Admiral Antonio de Oquendo. It is fought in the English Channel. Francis Day, of the British East India Company, acquires land from King of Chandragiri, and founds Fort St. George, which would later become Madras (Chennai).

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