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Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset
by Simon de Passe, published by Compton Holland Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, circa 1615
6 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (172 mm x 115 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Compton Holland (died 1622), Print publisher. Artist associated with 43 portraits.
- NPG D7644: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (from same plate)
- NPG D21453: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (from same plate)
- NPG D25789: Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (from same plate)
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, is knighted and appointed gentleman of the Bechamber and replaces Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset, as the king's favourite. Buckingham would prosper under the king's patronage, advancing rapidly through the peerage. The Somersets stand trial for the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury.
Art and science
James I produces Remonstrance for the Right of Kings and the Independence of their Crownes
, in which he defends European kingship and directly confronts the papacy. Architect Inigo Jones is appointed Surveyor of the King's Works and would hold the post for 27 years.
The Spanish court send official articles to serve as a basis for negotiations concerning a marriage alliance between Charles, Prince of Wales and the Spanish king Philip III's second daughter, Maria Anna. Marriage of French king Louis XIII and the Spanish Infanta, Anne, Philip III's eldest daughter.