1 of 3 portraits of Sir Randolph Crewe (Crew)
by Thomas Cross
line engraving, published 1655
8 1/2 in. x 6 in. (216 mm x 151 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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Sittersback to top
- Sir John Clench (circa 1535-1607), Judge. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), Lawyer, legal writer and politician. Sitter associated with 39 portraits.
- Sir Randolph Crewe (Crew) (baptised 1559-1646), Judge and Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter associated with 3 portraits.
- Sir George Croke (1560-1642), Judge and law reporter. Sitter associated with 10 portraits.
- Sir Thomas Crompton (1558-1609), Civil lawyer. Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Sir Matthew Hale (1609-1676), Lord Chief Justice. Sitter in 17 portraits.
- Sir Henry Hobart, Bt (circa 1560-1625), Chief Justice of Common Pleas. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (1561-1626), Philosopher and Lord Chancellor. Sitter associated with 63 portraits.
Events of 1655back to top
Current affairsSecretary of State, John Thurloe, implements a highly efficient intelligence service and thwarts plans for a series of royalist uprisings which produced only Penruddock's revolt. Following ineffectual royalist riots, Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell, appoints nineteen Major-generals to manage regional government and prevent future challenges to the protectorate.
Art and sciencePublication of the controversial work De corpore, by philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, prompts mathematician, John Wallis to scornfully refute the work in Elenchus geometriae Hobbianae, starting a bitter, long-running polemical dispute between the two men.
InternationalGeneral Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn lead an expedition to the Caribbean to threaten Spanish trade routes and weaken Catholic influence in the New World. An integral part of Cromwell's foreign policy to curb Spanish power, the campaign, Cromwell's 'western design', fails leading to war in Europe.
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