© National Portrait Gallery, London
attributed to Daniel Mytens Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1627
28 1/2 in. x 24 in. (724 mm x 610 mm) oval
Purchased with help from the Department of the History of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Jacob Zeitlin and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1976
- William Harvey (1578-1657), Physician, discovered the circulation of the blood. Sitter in 19 portraits.
- Daniel Mytens (circa 1590-1647), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 49 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Hackmann, W.D., Apples and Atoms: Portraits of Scientists from Newton to Rutherford, 1986, p. 15
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 81
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 285
The Five Knights Case. Judge, Sir John Bramston represents two of the 'knights', Sir Thomas Darnell and Sir John Havingham who refused to pay the forced loan imposed by Charles I. Bramston's application for a writ of habeas corpus was unsuccessful and the defendants remained imprisoned without trial.
Art and science
The tragicomedy, The Great Duke of Florence
by playwright Philip Massinger, is licensed by Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels, to be performed by the queen's company at the Cockpit Theatre. The play is considered one of Massinger's best dramas.
Charles I sends forces commanded by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, to assist starving Huguenots rebels of La Rochelle, besieged by French king, Louis XIII's army. Villiers attempts to capture the French Atlantic fort of Île de Rhé, near Rochelle, but is forced to evacuate the island after three months.