© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Peter Paul Rubens; Sir Anthony Van Dyck
by Paulus Pontius (Paulus Du Pont), after Sir Anthony Van Dyck Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, mid 17th century
13 5/8 in. x 17 5/8 in. (347 mm x 448 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Sitter associated with 31 portraits, Artist associated with 1017 portraits.
- Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), Painter. Sitter associated with 13 portraits, Artist associated with 40 portraits.
Charles I's first surviving child, Charles, is born in St. James's Palace. He is baptised by the Anglican Bishop of London, William Laud, and brought up in the care of the Protestant Mary Curzon, Countess of Dorset.
Art and science
The Cottonian Library, containing the greatest resource of Old English and Middle English literature, founded by antiquary and anti-royalist, Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, is confiscated by the authorities.
Philip IV of Spain and Charles I sign the Treaty of Madrid, ending hostilities between the two countries. Spanish diplomat, Cesare Alessandro Scaglia, assists with the conclusion of the peace deal. German, Protestant land is regained from Catholic allies on account of Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years' War.