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King William III
published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1680-84 (circa 1677)
13 1/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (335 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 3/4 in. x 11 3/8 in. (375mm x 290 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
- King William III (1650-1702), Reigned 1689-1702. Sitter associated with 139 portraits.
- Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 841 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- NPG 371: Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory (variant version)
- NPG 1902: King William III (source portrait)
- NPG D7786: Prince George of Denmark, Duke of Cumberland (from same plate)
- NPG D20387: King William III (from same plate)
- NPG D29332: King William III (from same plate)
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.