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William Austin in the title page to his 'Meditations'

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William Austin in the title page to his 'Meditations', by George Glover, published 1637 - NPG D27844 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Austin in the title page to his 'Meditations'

by George Glover
line engraving, published 1637
10 7/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (276 mm x 166 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D27844

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  • George Glover (active 1625-1652), Engraver. Artist associated with 88 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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Politician, John Hampden, fights a high profile case refusing to pay ship money imposed by Charles I, whose case is argued by Judge, Sir John Bankes. Hampden narrowly looses the case. Charles I, eager to extend Anglicism to Scotland through the imposition of a new Prayer Book, meets with resistance.

Art and science

Sovereign of the Seas is launched, the largest, most lavishly decorated naval warship. Built by shipbuilder Peter Pett, construction is supervised by his father Phineas Pett. John Milton's greatest memorial elegy, Lycidas, is dedicated to fellow poet Edward King. Dramatist, Thomas Killigrew, writes his most popular play, The Parson's Wedding.


Charles I issues a proclamation that those emigrating to America must obtain a licence from the Commissioners for Plantations and a certificate proving allegiance to the king and conformity to the Church of England. First recorded economic bubble. Contract prices for tulips in the Netherlands collapses having become very high.

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