by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1634
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Bulstrode Whitelocke (1605-1675), Diplomat, lawyer and politician; MP for Stafford, Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Oxford and Bedford. Sitter in 8 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Whitelocke holds a paper inscribed in Latin fac quod vis pati (do as you would be done by).The motto (top left), Quodcunque evenerit optimum (whatever happens is best) from Epictetus, was adopted by him when trying to reconcile himself to the insanity of his first wife (which began on the first night of their marriage). She died in the year this portrait was painted.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 122
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 122
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 659
- Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 57, 152
- Strutt, Sally, A history of the Culden Faw Estate : Culham, Hambleden and Fawley, past to present, 2013, p. 68
Events of 1634back to top
Current affairsFour men-of-war ships are launched, the result of Charles I's desire for naval expansion. In an attempt to keep up with the increasing cost of maritime security, Attorney-General William Noye, suggests a revival of ship money, and writs are issued, initially, to ports only.
Art and scienceThe kings performs in Coelum Brittanicum, a masque by poet Thomas Carew, with designs by Inigo Jones. The play, which fundamentally celebrates monarchical power, is widely considered to be the best of its era.
Apothecary, Thomas Johnson publishes, Mercurius Botanicus, which includes a catalogue of indigenous British plants.
InternationalAlbrecht Wallenstein, Duke of Friedland, supreme commander of the armies of the Habsburg Monarchy during the Thirty Years' War, is convicted of high treason and subsequently assassinated by senior officers in his force, including Scottish Colonel Walter Leslie, who may have been assigned directly by Emperor Ferdinand II.
Exhibitions and displays
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 4 February 2018
- Portrait of the Day: Henry VIII & Katherine of Aragon
17 December, 12:30
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