by Abraham van Blyenberch
oil on canvas, circa 1617
18 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (470 mm x 419 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Benjamin Jonson (1573?-1637), Poet and dramatist. Sitter associated with 19 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Jonson was one of a small group of courtiers painted by the Flemish artist van Blyenberch, during his visit to England between 1617 and 1621. All other surviving portraits of Jonson derive from this one.
Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 29
- Audio Guide
- Charles Nicholl, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 52
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 18
- Cooper, Tarnya, Searching for Shakespeare, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 29 May 2006), p. 180
- Cooper, Tarnya, Searching for Shakespeare (hardback), 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 2 March - 29 May 2006), p. 180
- MacLeod, Catharine (preface, appreciation) Wilks, Timothy (introduction) Smuts, Malcolm (appreciation) MacGibbon, Rab (appendix), The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 October 2012 to 13 January 2013), p. 22
- Motion, Andrew (edited), Interrupted Lives: In Literature, 2004, p. 13
- Nicholl, Charles, Character Sketches: Elizabethan Writers, 1997, p. 21
- Nicholl, Charles, Insights: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, 2005, p. 42
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 68
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 343
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 183
- Tarnya Cooper, Elizabeth I & Her People, 2013 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014), p. 212
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 76
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Events of 1617back to top
Current affairsRobert Carey, Earl of Monmouth is made Chamberlain to Prince Charles. Petitions from Catholics persuade James I to permit certain types of recreation on Sundays. However, the king's subsequent declaration of sports angers Puritans who advocated for appropriate and strict observance of the sabbath.
Art and sciencePhysician and Rosicrucian, Robert Fludd, begins to publish his philosophical work, Utriusque cosmi. Extensively illustrated with mystic emblems, Fludd's neoplatonist metaphysics suggested a complex relationship between the spiritual and physical world, prompting attacks from leading scholars.
InternationalIncited by Charles d'Albert, Duke of Luynes, Constable of France, the seventeen-year-old French king, Louis XIII, forces his mother Marie de Medici who has held de facto power, into retirement and has her favourite, Concino Concini, assassinated.
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On display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery