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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Simon de Passe, after 1626 - NPG D21283 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Simon de Passe
line engraving, after 1626
7 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (184 mm x 115 mm) plate size; 7 1/2 in. x 4 7/8 in. (191 mm x 123 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D21283

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  • Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Current affairs

Coronation of Charles I. The queen, Henrietta Maria, does not attend the service, refusing to accept the crown in an Anglican service. Parliament refuses to grant the king subsidies for war without redress of various grievances concerning religious issues, and the impeachment of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.

Art and science

Two works by Francis Bacon, Viscount of St. Albans, Sylva sylvarum, a compilation of articles of Bacon's own observations and experiments, and the New Atlantis, a brief tract describing an isolated, utopian society, are published posthumously in the same volume by his personal secretary, William Rawley.


France and England slide towards war as diplomatic relations begin to break down. Charles I deports his queen's French entourage believing some to be spies, while the king of France, Louis XIII's chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu, deceitfully uses loaned English ships to fight Huguenots rebels.

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