2 of 13 portraits of Thomas Percy
by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
line engraving, early 17th century
5 7/8 in. x 4 in. (150 mm x 103 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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Sitterback to top
- Thomas Percy (1560-1605), Organiser of the 'Gunpowder Plot'. Sitter in 13 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Crispijn de Passe the Elder (circa 1565-1637), Engraver, draughtsman and print publisher. Artist associated with 36 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Percy became notorious for his role in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and he is shown here as a rakish gentleman with an open necked collar. He rented the house used to store the gunpowder and was shot dead in the aftermath of the plot's failure. This portrait was produced as an illustration for a Dutch publication 'A true record of the discovery of the plot' (Waracht verhael v.d. ontdeck v't verraet, 1605) and includes four inset oval scenes depicting the aftermath of its failure, including his capture and death.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Plots, Intrigue and Murder from 1580 - 1700 (25 May 2013 - 8 December 2013)
- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (7 July 2007 - 9 December 2007)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1600back to top
Current affairsRobert Devereux, Earl of Essex is put on trial for failing to put an end to the rebellion in Ireland, attempting to negotiate a truce with the rebel leader Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and deserting his post.
Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, replaces Essex as Lord Deputy of Ireland.
The East India Company receives its Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I.
Birth of Prince Charles in Scotland (later King Charles I).
Art and scienceWilliam Shakespeare writes Hamlet.
The scientist William Gilbert writes De magnete ('on the magnet'), which pioneers research into the properties of the lodestone (magnetic iron ore) and introduces the terms 'electricity' and 'magnetic pole'.
The miniature painter Nicholas Hilliard works on his painting treatise The Art of Limning at this time.
InternationalHenry IV of France marries Marie de Medici from the powerful ruling family of Florence, Italy.
The Italian astronomer, philosopher and mathematician Giordano Bruno is sentenced to death by the Roman Inquisition and burned at the stake for heresy.
Following the death of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Tokugawa Ieyasu seizes control of Japan at the Battle of Sekigahara.