King Edward IV
10 of 36 portraits of King Edward IV
King Edward IV
by Renold or Reginold Elstrack (Elstracke), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1638 (1618)
7 1/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. (185 mm x 117 mm) paper size
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- King Edward IV (1442-1483), Reigned 1461-70 and 1471-83. Sitter associated with 36 portraits.
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- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (7 July 2007 - 9 December 2007)
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Events of 1638back to top
Current affairsAmid turmoil in Scotland against Charles I's attempt to impose an episcopalian system of church government and Book of Common Prayer, theologian Alexander Henderson and politician Archibald Johnston of Wariston, defiantly draw up a new national covenant, whereby its signatories reaffirm their Presbyterian discipline.
Art and sciencePolitical agitator, John Lilburne, is imprisoned for distributing unlicensed satirical pamphlets against episcopacy. Luminalia by dramatist Sir William Davenant, is performed by Queen Henrietta Maria and her Ladies-in-Waiting. With designs by Inigo Jones, it was one of the last and most spectacular masques staged at the Stuart Court.
InternationalLord High Chancellor Oxenstierna, head of the regency council ruling Sweden until the young Queen Kristina came of age, agrees the Treaty of Hamburg, renewing Sweden's alliance with France. Under its terms, in exchange for financial assistance from France, Sweden continued its military contribution in the Thirty years' War.
Exhibitions and displays
- Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs
Until 16 July
- Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin
31 January, 12:30