Catherine of Braganza

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Catherine of Braganza, by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Sir Peter Lely, before 1680 (circa 1666) - NPG D11409 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Catherine of Braganza

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, before 1680 (circa 1666)
11 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. (292 mm x 217 mm) plate size; 12 3/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (325 mm x 250 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
Reference Collection
NPG D11409


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  • Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling) (1640-1690), Engraver, draughtsman and print publisher. Artist associated with 69 portraits.
  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.

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  • NPG D13141: Catherine of Braganza (from same plate)
  • NPG D18889: Catherine of Braganza (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Charles II mistress, Barbara Villiers, is created Duchess of Cleveland and granted Nonsuch Palace including its sizeable grounds. Actress and royal mistress, Nell Gwyn, gives birth to Charles II's son, Charles, who would later become, Duke of St. Albans.

Art and science

Tragicomedy, The Forc'd Marriage, by Aphra Behn, staged by the Duke's Company, starts Behn's career as a professional writer. The writer may have been a royalist spy towards the end of the interregnum. Poet laureate, John Dryden, is made historiographer royal, a post he would hold for nearly 20 years.

International

Terms of a secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV are brought by Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans during a visit to Dover; upon England supplying the majority of military power for a war against Holland and Charles's official conversion to Catholicism, France would assist financially.

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