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Abraham Aurelius

3 of 3 portraits of Abraham Aurelius

Abraham Aurelius, by Robert van Voerst, 1631 - NPG D26032 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abraham Aurelius

by Robert van Voerst
line engraving, 1631
6 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (172 mm x 122 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D26032

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  • Abraham Aurelius (1574 or 1576-1631), Reformed minister. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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  • Robert van Voerst (1597-1635 or 1636), Engraver. Artist associated with 31 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Princess Mary Henrietta, the eldest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, is born at St. James's Palace. She is distinguished as a young girl for her intelligence and beauty. Poor harvest for second year in a row causes widespread social unrest.

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Death of poet and clergyman, John Donne, prompts recognition from contemporary writers of his great skill as poet and intellectual. Most of Donne's poems are posthumously published, the first appearing in the anthology, Poems, 1633. Earl of Bedford commissions architect, Inigo Jones, to design St Paul's Church in Covent Garden.


Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, is made Lord High Treasurer in Ireland; during his tenure of office, he implements successful schemes to strengthen Protestant settlers. In Venice, the Black Death comes to an end and a service of thanksgiving is held at St Mark's Basilica.

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