by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1669-1670
26 in. x 21 1/2 in. (660 mm x 546 mm)
Given by Sir Walter Trevelyan, 1866
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- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), Social philosopher. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
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Events of 1669back to top
Current affairsAn indulgence is issued in Scotland, the result of Secretary of State for Scotland, John Maitland's negotiations with Presbyterians, allowing some formerly ejected clergymen to return to their ministries.
Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I, dies at the château de Colombes and is buried in the Cathedral of St Denis.
Art and scienceArchitect, Christopher Wren is appointed surveyor of the king's works.
Mathematician, Isaac Newton, is made Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge. Earlier in the year, he builds the first known reflecting telescope.
Diarist Samuel Pepys, with failing eyesight, stops writing his diary never to resume.