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John Donne, by Matthäus Merian the Younger, published 1640 - NPG D25950 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Donne

by Matthäus Merian the Younger
line engraving, published 1640
12 1/2 in. x 8 1/8 in. (318 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D25950

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  • John Donne (1572-1631), Poet and divine. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.

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Second Bishops' War. James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, leading the Scottish armies, occupies northeast of England. Defeat at the Battle of Newburn forces impoverished Charles to sign Treaty of Ripon. Long Parliament. Habeas Corpus Act is passed, abolishing the Star Chamber. Impeachment of Royalists, Earl of Strafford and Archbishop Laud.

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