Sir Arthur Hesilrige

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Sir Arthur Hesilrige, by Unknown artist, circa 1650 - NPG 6440 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Arthur Hesilrige

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1650
50 1/8 in. x 39 7/8 in. (1274 mm x 1013 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 1998
Primary Collection
NPG 6440


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Current affairs

Exiled Charles, Prince of Wales, holds negotiations in the Netherlands, with the Scottish Parliament to secure an alliance. Despite misgivings on both sides, and pressure from the Scots for Charles to sign the covenants, the treaty of Breda is agreed. Oliver Cromwell defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar.

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Poet and politician, Andrew Marvell, composes his greatest political poem, Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland. Marvell become Oliver Cromwell's unofficial poet laureate during the Protectorate.

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William, The Prince of Orange, grandson of Charles I, is born assuming the title from the moment of birth. Forty years later, he would become William III of England. General-at-Sea, Robert Blake is dispatched to Portugal to prevent attacks on Commonwealth merchant shipping from royalist, Prince Rupert, based in Lisbon.

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