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Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

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Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1681-1688
13 3/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (340 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 13 5/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (346 mm x 258 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19396


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Artistsback to top

  • Isaac Beckett (1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver. Artist associated with 184 portraits.
  • Thomas Murray (1663-1735), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 84 portraits, Sitter associated with 7 portraits.
  • John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D325: Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (from same plate)
  • NPG D11660: Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (from same plate)

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Events of 1681back to top

Current affairs

Third Exclusion Parliament meets in Oxford avoiding disruption in Whig-dominated London. Charles II refuses Exclusionists's proposal that James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, his illegitimate son with Lucy Walter, should succeed to the throne, replacing James, Duke of York. Prominent Exclusionist, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, is arrested on suspicion of high treason.

Art and science

Natural philosopher, Samuel Morland is appointed 'Master of Mechanicks' to the king having transformed Windsor Castle's water system. Architect, Christopher Wren, is commissioned to design the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Poet laureate, John Dryden, writes political satire Absalom and Achitophel, focusing upon the trial of Anthony Ashley-Cooper.

International

King of France, Louis XIV, concerned by England's instability over the exclusion crisis, offers Charles II a subsidy, bolstering the king in his dealings with Parliament. In return, England agrees to withdraw from entering an anti-French alliance with Spain; Laurence Hyde, Lord of the Treasury, signs the accord with France.

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