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James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn, after Richard Tompson, and after  Sir Peter Lely, after 1693 - NPG D35095 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn

after Richard Tompson, and after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, after 1693
11 7/8 in. x 19 7/8 in. (303 mm x 505 mm) plate size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D35095


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  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 841 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
  • Richard Tompson (died 1693), Publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 116 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • NPG D35093: James Beauclerk; Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans; Nell Gwyn (from same plate)

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Current affairs

William III shift to the Whigs is made apparent by his appointment of John Somers and John Trenchard to senior government posts; his initial preference for mixed ministries waned principally due to Whig support of his foreign policies.

Art and science

Dramatist, William Congreve, stages his first two plays; The Old Bachelor is enthusiastically received, conversely his subsequent play, The Double Dealer, is not met with the same approval. In response, Congreve angrily attacks his critics in the dedication of its first publication.

International

Battle of Landen. French army heavily defeats English and Dutch forces under William III. William's retreat from the French cavalry is made possible by the defence of the bridge at Neerhespen, by Huguenot leader, Henri de Massue de Ruvigny. French defeat the British and Dutch merchant fleet, the Smyrna convoy.

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