Unknown man, formerly known as Thomas Blood

Unknown man, formerly known as Thomas Blood, attributed to Gilbert Soest, 1670s - NPG 418 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Unknown man, formerly known as Thomas Blood

attributed to Gilbert Soest
oil on canvas, 1670s
23 in. x 18 in. (584 mm x 457 mm)
Purchased, 1876
Primary Collection
NPG 418

Sitterback to top

  • Thomas Blood (1618?-1680), Adventurer; attempted to steal Crown jewels. Sitter associated with 9 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Gilbert Soest (circa 1605-1681), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 51 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 28
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 690

Subjects & Themesback to top

Events of 1670back to top

Current affairs

Charles II mistress, Barbara Villiers, is created Duchess of Cleveland and granted Nonsuch Palace including its sizeable grounds.
Actress and royal mistress, Nell Gwyn, gives birth to Charles II's son, Charles, who would later become, Duke of St. Albans.

Art and science

Tragicomedy, The Forc'd Marriage, by Aphra Behn, staged by the Duke's Company, starts Behn's career as a professional writer. The writer may have been a royalist spy towards the end of the interregnum.
Poet laureate, John Dryden, is made historiographer royal, a post he would hold for nearly 20 years.

International

Terms of a secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV are brought by Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans during a visit to Dover; upon England supplying the majority of military power for a war against Holland and Charles's official conversion to Catholicism, France would assist financially.

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