© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Simon de Passe Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1616
7 in. x 4 7/8 in. (180 mm x 124 mm) plate size; 7 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (192 mm x 134 mm) paper size
- George Abbot (1562-1633), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 22 portraits.
- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Playwright, William Shakespeare, dies in Stratford-Upon-Avon on 23rd April, after he contracted a fever. He is buried days later inside Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. James I's second son, Charles, is invested as Prince of Wales at a lavish ceremony at Whitehall.
Art and science
Poet and playwright Benjamin Jonson, is granted a royal pension effectively establishing him as the first poet laureate in all but name.Queen Anne commissions Inigo Jones to design a pavilion at Greenwich, the Queen's House.
Sir Walter Ralegh, released from prison, begins planning an expedition to Guiana in search of El Dorado. With established Spanish settlements in the area, Ralegh's expedition unsettled the court which sought lasting peace with Spain. The Catholic Church places Nicolaus Copernicus's De revolutionibus
, 1543, on its list of prohibited books.