Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon

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Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon, by Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt, 1631 - NPG 4514 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon

by Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt
oil on panel, 1631
26 7/8 in. x 23 1/8 in. (680 mm x 587 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1966
Primary Collection
NPG 4514


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The painter Miereveldt spent his entire career in Delft, in spite of a concerted attempt on the part of Henry, Prince of Wales to attract him to London in 1611-12. He painted the portraits of many of the British statesmen and soldiers who were in the Low Countries visiting the court of Elizabeth of Bohemia in The Hague or passing through on military campaigns.

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  • Place made: Netherlands (artist's studio, Delft, Netherlands)

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Princess Mary Henrietta, the eldest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, is born at St. James's Palace. She is distinguished as a young girl for her intelligence and beauty. Poor harvest for second year in a row causes widespread social unrest.

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Death of poet and clergyman, John Donne, prompts recognition from contemporary writers of his great skill as poet and intellectual. Most of Donne's poems are posthumously published, the first appearing in the anthology, Poems, 1633. Earl of Bedford commissions architect, Inigo Jones, to design St Paul's Church in Covent Garden.

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Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, is made Lord High Treasurer in Ireland; during his tenure of office, he implements successful schemes to strengthen Protestant settlers. In Venice, the Black Death comes to an end and a service of thanksgiving is held at St Mark's Basilica.

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