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Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt
published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1684
14 1/4 in. x 10 7/8 in. (362 mm x 275 mm) plate size; 15 7/8 in. x 12 1/4 in. (402 mm x 310 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
- Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt (1643-1706), Baronet of Whitehaven, Commissioner of the Admiralty and politician; MP for Cumberland. Sitter in 6 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 842 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
- NPG D5129: Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D13670: Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
- NPG D13671: Sir John Lowther, 2nd Bt (from same plate)
James, Duke of York's influence grows within Charles II's government; the Admiralty commission is abolished, allowing James to resume his role as lord admiral, in all but name. A new generation of Tories, supporters of James are bestowed with influential roles, including Sir George Jeffreys, recently appointed Lord Chief Justice.
Art and science
Italian decorative artist, Antonio Verrio, is appointed 'principal Gardiner and Surveyor' to the King. Author, John Bunyan, publishes the second part of his Pilgrim's Progress
Luxembourg surrenders to French forces. Renewed fighting between the French Bourbons and the Spanish Habsburgs had broken out the year before when French troops laid seize to Luxembourg and entered the Spanish Netherlands. Charles II rejects Spanish demands for assistance, determined to remain detached from the conflict.