Called William Tyndale
2 of 10 portraits of William Tyndale
Called William Tyndale
by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, late 17th or early 18th century
45 1/2 in. x 33 7/8 in. (1156 mm x 860 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- William Tyndale (circa 1494-1536), Translator of the Bible. Sitter associated with 10 portraits.
This portraitback to top
There is no authentic portrait of Tyndale. By the early 17th century a false type was in circulation and accepted by Henry Holland for the Herwologia (1620), a collection of portraits and biographies of notable individuals from the Tudor period, which was based on 'a portrait from a shop in Fleet Street'. This false portrait of Tyndale derives from a portrait of John Knox, sent from Scotland and used in the French edition of Beza's Icones. All the painted versions are not earlier than the 17th century, fitting in with the sale from the shop in Fleet Street.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 689
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 313
Events of 1670back to top
Current affairsCharles II mistress, Barbara Villiers, is created Duchess of Cleveland and granted Nonsuch Palace including its sizeable grounds. Actress and royal mistress, Nell Gwyn, gives birth to Charles II's son, Charles, who would later become, Duke of St. Albans.
Art and scienceTragicomedy, The Forc'd Marriage, by Aphra Behn, staged by the Duke's Company, starts Behn's career as a professional writer. The writer may have been a royalist spy towards the end of the interregnum. Poet laureate, John Dryden, is made historiographer royal, a post he would hold for nearly 20 years.
InternationalTerms of a secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV are brought by Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans during a visit to Dover; upon England supplying the majority of military power for a war against Holland and Charles's official conversion to Catholicism, France would assist financially.
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