after Jacob Huysmans
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1670
43 1/2 in. x 37 1/2 in. (1105 mm x 953 mm)
Given by William Walter Legge, 5th Earl of Dartmouth, 1878
Sitterback to top
- William Legge (1609-1672), Royalist soldier and politician; MP for Southampton. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 374
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.