© National Portrait Gallery, London
after Charles Antoine Coysevox Click on the links below to find out more
3 3/4 in. x 3 1/8 in. (95 mm x 80 mm) oval
Transferred from National Gallery, 1994
- Matthew Prior (1664-1721), Poet, Ambassador to France and politician; MP for East Grinstead and Chief Secretary for Ireland. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
James Scott, Duke of Monmouth oversees the suppression of the London weavers' riots which break out in the East End against the introduction of mechanised silk looms. The great fire of Northampton quickly destroys the city. Charles II donates timber for its reconstruction.
Art and science
Charles II founds the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and appoints John Flamsteed the first Astronomer Royal. Royal approval is given to the 'Warrant' design, Sir Christopher Wren's design for the rebuilding of St. Paul's Cathedral devastated by the Great Fire (1666).
A naval campaign into the Mediterranean under the command of Sir John Narbrough, with protégé, Cloudesley Shovell as lieutenant, blockades the port of Tripoli and successfully halts persistent attacks on English merchant ships by North African pirates. A peace treaty is signed with Tripoli in 1676.