12 of 19 portraits on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
by or after Edward Bower
oil on canvas, circa 1640
24 5/8 in. x 20 1/2 in. (626 mm x 520 mm)
Given by Paul Gore, 2003
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Sitterback to top
- John Pym (1584-1643), Politician and one of the 'Five Members' whose arrest by Charles I sparked the Civil War. Sitter associated with 16 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Edward Bower (active 1629-died 1667), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 24 portraits.
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Events of 1640back to top
Current affairsSecond Bishops' War. James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, leading the Scottish armies, occupies northeast of England. Defeat at the Battle of Newburn forces impoverished Charles to sign Treaty of Ripon.
Long Parliament. Habeas Corpus Act is passed, abolishing the Star Chamber. Impeachment of Royalists, Earl of Strafford and Archbishop Laud.
Art and scienceAuthor, James Howell, writes Dodona's Grove, a historical allegory of events since 1603. A renowned royalist, Howell's anti-parliamentary remarks in the book would later attract accusations from parliamentarians.
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InternationalFrederick William becomes Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia. The Elector's policy of religious tolerance benefited his state during the religious struggles dominating the Thirty Years' War.
The Bay Psalm Book is published, the first book to be printed in British North America.