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Sir John Fortescue

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Sir John Fortescue, by William Faithorne, published 1663 - NPG D2358 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir John Fortescue

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1663
9 3/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. (248 mm x 159 mm) paper size
Given by Serjeants' Inn, 1877
Reference Collection
NPG D2358


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Sitterback to top

  • Sir John Fortescue (circa 1397-1479), Justice and political theorist. Sitter in 8 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 718 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D2357: Sir John Fortescue (from same plate)
  • NPG D22739: Sir John Fortescue (from same plate)

Events of 1663back to top

Current affairs

Gilbert Sheldon is enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury upon the death of William Juxon. Sheldon principle concerns would be defence of the church, coupled with religious uniformity and ecclesiastical reform. England experiences a very cold, wet summer, as noted by Samuel Pepys in his diary.

Art and science

John Dryden's first play, The Wild Gallant, is staged at court probably through the influence of Barbara Palmer, Countess of Castlemaine, the king's mistress.

International

A renewal of the English colonisation of North America is marked by a royal charter naming eight aristocrats joint owners of a projected colony in Carolina. Known as the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, they are informally led by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury.

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