Benjamin Jonson

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Benjamin Jonson, after Abraham van Blyenberch, probably early 19th century (circa 1617) - NPG 363 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Benjamin Jonson

after Abraham van Blyenberch
oil on panel, probably early 19th century (circa 1617)
14 1/2 in. x 11 3/8 in. (368 mm x 289 mm)
Purchased, 1873
Primary Collection
NPG 363

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  • Benjamin Jonson (1573?-1637), Poet and dramatist. Sitter associated with 19 portraits.

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  • NPG 2752: Benjamin Jonson (probably source portrait)

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Robert 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.

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Physician 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.


Incited 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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