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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Unknown artist, 1657 - NPG D16665 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1657
6 in. x 4 3/8 in. (154 mm x 112 mm) plate size; 9 in. x 6 1/8 in. (228 mm x 157 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D16665


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  • Balthasar Moncornet (circa 1600-1668), Tapissier, engraver and print publisher. Artist associated with 53 portraits.
  • Unknown artist. Artist associated with 6421 portraits.

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  • NPG D16664: George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (from same plate)

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The Humble Petition and Advice, a revision of the constitution, offers Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell the crown. Proposals to bestow monarchical powers upon Cromwell may have stemmed from the influence of Chief Justice Oliver St John. Cromwell declines the crown.

Art and science

The pamphlet, Killing Noe Murder, accuses Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell of tyranny and advocates for his assassination. Published in Holland by agitator and later conspirator, Edward Sexby with the assistance of royalist Silius Titus, uncertainty surrounds the authorship of the pamphlet. Oliver Cromwell establishes the General Post Office.

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Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish merchant fleet at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Victory in no way enriched England with Spanish bullion, however it established England's reputation as a leading European naval power, and strangled Spain's supply of wealth which halted its army.

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