Royals

1 portrait of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleuch

Royals

sold by John Clark
line engraving, late 17th century
8 1/2 in. x 6 3/8 in. (215 mm x 162 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D29269


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  • John Clark (1683-1736), Writing-master, engraver and printseller in Gray's Inn. Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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Current affairs

Charles II mistress, Barbara Villiers, is created Duchess of Cleveland and granted Nonsuch Palace including its sizeable grounds. Actress and royal mistress, Nell Gwyn, gives birth to Charles II's son, Charles, who would later become, Duke of St. Albans.

Art and science

Tragicomedy, The Forc'd Marriage, by Aphra Behn, staged by the Duke's Company, starts Behn's career as a professional writer. The writer may have been a royalist spy towards the end of the interregnum. Poet laureate, John Dryden, is made historiographer royal, a post he would hold for nearly 20 years.

International

Terms of a secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV are brought by Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans during a visit to Dover; upon England supplying the majority of military power for a war against Holland and Charles's official conversion to Catholicism, France would assist financially.

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Laurie Pettitt

20 March 2017, 19:38

The thing you need to know about George Monck is that Cromwell left him in an unassailable position in Scotland. Cromwell's first order to George was "Restore order. Get people back in the Churches. Get people trading. What made George the most trustworthy officer that Cromwell had was that; when Richard Cromwell 'tumbled down' and all the factions started jostling for power, George marched his men to London and Restored Order. His actions probably saved Britain from another Civil War. Because he he had marched his Regiment from Coldstream, they were adopted by the town and became The Coldstream Guard.
The Monck and Rupert Letters by the Folio society are well worth getting hold of. It's a day by day account of running the Navy, under the Duke of York.

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