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The Seven Bishops Committed to the Tower in 1688
by Simon Gribelin, sold by Thomas Jefferys, sold by William Herbert Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, (circa 1688)
11 1/8 in. x 8 3/8 in. (282 mm x 214 mm) plate size; 11 3/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (290 mm x 222 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Simon Gribelin (1661-1733). Artist associated with 18 portraits.
- William Herbert (1718-1795), Bibliographer and printseller. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
- Thomas Jefferys (circa 1719-1771), Engraver, cartographer and publisher. Artist associated with 32 portraits.
- Thomas Ken (1637-1711), Bishop of Bath and Wells. Sitter in 20 portraits.
- John Lake (1624-1689), Bishop of Chichester. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- William Lloyd (1627-1717), Bishop of Worcester. Sitter in 19 portraits.
- William Sancroft (1617-1693), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter in 29 portraits.
- Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 3rd Bt (1650-1721), Bishop of Winchester. Sitter associated with 15 portraits.
- Francis Turner (1638?-1700), Bishop of Ely. Sitter in 14 portraits.
- Thomas White (1628-1698), Bishop of Peterborough. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- NPG 79: The Seven Bishops Committed to the Tower in 1688 (source portrait)
The Glorious Revolution. Senior statesmen, increasingly resentful of James's assault upon liberties of his subjects, invite William III of Orange to invade England. Their action is spurred on by the acquittal of seven bishops who refused to read James II's declaration of indulgence from their pulpits. James flees into exile.
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, written 1685, which urged Charles II to shake off his brother's influence. Writer, Aphra Behn, publishes Oroonoko
, often considered to be an abolitionist treatise.
Nine Years' War. Threatened by William III's invasion of England and possible alliance of Protestant European states under his helm, Louis XIV sends French troops into the Rhineland. This pre-emptive strike ignites a war of attrition, and institutes a coalition of European states united in attempting to halt expansionist France.