© National Portrait Gallery, London
probably by Wenceslaus Hollar Click on the links below to find out more
etching, mid 17th century
4 7/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (124 mm x 95 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- William Laud (1573-1645), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 61 portraits.
- Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677), Etcher. Artist associated with 530 portraits, Sitter associated with 10 portraits.
Charles I's first surviving child, Charles, is born in St. James's Palace. He is baptised by the Anglican Bishop of London, William Laud, and brought up in the care of the Protestant Mary Curzon, Countess of Dorset.
Art and science
The Cottonian Library, containing the greatest resource of Old English and Middle English literature, founded by antiquary and anti-royalist, Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, is confiscated by the authorities.
Philip IV of Spain and Charles I sign the Treaty of Madrid, ending hostilities between the two countries. Spanish diplomat, Cesare Alessandro Scaglia, assists with the conclusion of the peace deal. German, Protestant land is regained from Catholic allies on account of Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years' War.