- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Thomas Sadler
oil on canvas, 1684
29 1/2 in. x 25 in. (749 mm x 635 mm)
Sitterback to top
- John Bunyan (1628-1688), Author of 'The Pilgrim's Progress'. Sitter associated with 24 portraits.
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- Audio Guide
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- 100 Writers, p. 33
- Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 44
- John Cooper, National Portrait Gallery Visitor's Guide, 2006, p. 44
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 112
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 44
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 76
- Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 76 Read entry
Most people's idea of the Restoration is dominated by images of the Court, so it is useful to have a corrective in this portrait of John Bunyan, tinsmith, soldier and preacher, best known as the author of The Pilgrim's Progress. It was painted by Thomas Sadler, about whom little is known apart from the fact that he is thought to have been a pupil of Lely. It shows Bunyan aged 56, broad-faced, clutching a Bible and dressed in a plain brown coat with an unexpectedly ornate lace collar.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 87
- Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham, The dictionary of 16th & 17th century British painters, 1988, p. 236
Events of 1684back to top
Current affairsJames, Duke of York's influence grows within Charles II's government; the Admiralty commission is abolished, allowing James to resume his role as lord admiral, in all but name. A new generation of Tories, supporters of James are bestowed with influential roles, including Sir George Jeffreys, recently appointed Lord Chief Justice.
Art and scienceItalian decorative artist, Antonio Verrio, is appointed 'principal Gardiner and Surveyor' to the King.
Author, John Bunyan, publishes the second part of his Pilgrim's Progress.
InternationalLuxembourg surrenders to French forces. Renewed fighting between the French Bourbons and the Spanish Habsburgs had broken out the year before when French troops laid seize to Luxembourg and entered the Spanish Netherlands. Charles II rejects Spanish demands for assistance, determined to remain detached from the conflict.
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