after John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1669-1670
29 3/4 in. x 25 1/4 in. (756 mm x 641 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), Social philosopher. Sitter associated with 21 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 166
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 305
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.
InternationalCharles II begins secret diplomatic negotiations with Louis XIV of France in April, with a view to securing an alliance against the Dutch, and financial support. Communications between the two monarchs flowed through Charles's sister, Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans, sister-in-law of Louis.
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