© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Robert Williams, after Thomas Murray Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, late 17th century
13 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (348 mm x 254 mm) plate size; 13 7/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (357 mm x 262 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Banister (1662-1736), Violinist and composer. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Thomas Murray (1663-1735), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 84 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
- Robert Williams (active 1680-1704), Mezzotinter. Artist associated with 75 portraits.
William Howard, Viscount Stafford, is convicted of impeachment and beheaded on account of his alleged involvement in the Popish Plot. Whigs' sponsorship of a pope-burning procession, for the second consecutive year, supports their campaign to exclude James, Duke of York from the throne.
Art and science
Writer, John Bunyan, publishes, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman
. Novelistic in form and conceived as a dialogue between two gentlemen, the book was intended as a sequel to the first part of The Pilgrim's Progress
Revelations surface of a Catholic uprising in Ireland with French support. The government launches an inquiry, ultimately leading to the execution of Oliver Plunket, Archbishop of Armagh. Secretary of State, Robert Spencer, in adopting an anti-French foreign policy, forges a defensive Anglo-Spanish treaty while seeking an alliance with the Dutch.