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Sir Edward Nicholas

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Sir Edward Nicholas, by Sir Peter Lely, 1662 - NPG 1519 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Edward Nicholas

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, 1662
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1908
Primary Collection
NPG 1519


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  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 840 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.

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  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 458
  • 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. 56

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Marriage of Catherine of Braganza to Charles II. A spectacular pageant on the Thames greets Catherine as she arrives at Whitehall Palace. Act of Uniformity, lays down requirements for the clergy to remain in the Church of England, forcing hundreds to be ejected from their livings.

Art and science

Physicist Robert Boyle publishes A Defence of the Doctrine, Touching the Spring and Weight of the Air, which contains the first formulation of Boyle's Law, describing the relationship between pressure and volume of gases.

International

Upon restoration of the monarchy, pro-royalist and Catholic Irish landlords, notably James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, appeal to the king to restore their lands confiscated during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. However, political wrangling and insufficient land renders the subsequent Act of Settlement, passed by the Irish Parliament, unworkable.

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