Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox

1 portrait of Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox

Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox

by and published by Jan van der Bruggen, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
mezzotint, 1682
11 7/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (302 mm x 217 mm) plate size; 12 3/4 in. x 9 1/4 in. (325 mm x 235 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D39729

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  • Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1016 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
  • Jan van der Bruggen (1648-1649-1714), Engraver, mezzotinter and publisher. Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • Place made: France (La Vieille Poste, rue Saint-Jacques, Paris, France)

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Current affairs

Whig politician, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, the case of high treason dropped against him, attempts to co-ordinate uprisings around the country over the exclusion crisis; he is ultimately forced to flee to the Netherlands. Bideford Witch Trial condemns three women to death, the last to be hanged for witchcraft in England.

Art and science

Dramatist Thomas Otway's play, Venice Preserv'd, is first staged. Dedicated to the king's influential French mistress, Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, it becomes one of the most popular Restoration plays. Naturalist, John Ray, publishes Methodus plantarum nova, expounding his classification of plant species.


King of France, Louis XIV's determination to seize Spanish Luxembourg, and mobilization of French troops to the area, threatens the treaty of Nijmegen and security of the Dutch. Pressured by William of Orange and George Savile, Marquess of Halifax to take military action, the king opts for informal mediation.

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