after John Riley
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1670s
21 in. x 16 3/4 in. (533 mm x 425 mm) oval
Sitterback to top
- William Chiffinch (1602-1691), Keeper of the Privy Closet and the King's Jewels to Charles II; brother of Thomas Chiffinch. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Riley (1646-1691), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 101 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. 70
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 121
Events of 1670back to top
Current affairsCharles 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 scienceTragicomedy, 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.