© National Portrait Gallery, London
Unknown man called Sir Thomas More
by Lucas Vorsterman, after (Claude) Corneille de Lyon Click on the links below to find out more
9 7/8 in. x 6 3.4 in. (252 mm x 173 mm) paper size
- Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor, classical scholar, author of 'Utopia' and canonized 1935. Sitter associated with 54 portraits.
Princess Mary Henrietta, the eldest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria, is born at St. James's Palace. She is distinguished as a young girl for her intelligence and beauty. Poor harvest for second year in a row causes widespread social unrest.
Art and science
Death of poet and clergyman, John Donne, prompts recognition from contemporary writers of his great skill as poet and intellectual. Most of Donne's poems are posthumously published, the first appearing in the anthology, Poems
, 1633. Earl of Bedford commissions architect, Inigo Jones, to design St Paul's Church in Covent Garden.
Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, is made Lord High Treasurer in Ireland; during his tenure of office, he implements successful schemes to strengthen Protestant settlers. In Venice, the Black Death comes to an end and a service of thanksgiving is held at St Mark's Basilica.