1 portrait of James Nayler
after Unknown artist
7 1/2 in. x 6 in. (192 mm x 153 mm) plate size; 7 7/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (200 mm x 159 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1955
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Sitterback to top
- James Nayler (1618-1660), Quaker preacher and writer. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
Events of 1657back to top
Current affairsThe Humble Petition and Advice, a revision of the constitution, offers Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell the crown. Proposals to bestow monarchical powers upon Cromwell may have stemmed from the influence of Chief Justice Oliver St John. Cromwell declines the crown.
Art and scienceThe pamphlet, Killing Noe Murder, accuses Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell of tyranny and advocates for his assassination. Published in Holland by agitator and later conspirator, Edward Sexby with the assistance of royalist Silius Titus, uncertainty surrounds the authorship of the pamphlet.Oliver Cromwell establishes the General Post Office.
InternationalAdmiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish merchant fleet at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Victory in no way enriched England with Spanish bullion, however it established England's reputation as a leading European naval power, and strangled Spain's supply of wealth which halted its army.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 31 December
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
19 December, 12:30