Sir William Petty
Sir William Petty
by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, circa 1651
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
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- Isaac Fuller (1606-1672), Painter. Artist associated with 12 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
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Painted when Petty was in his twenties, this portrait shows him holding a skull in one hand with the other resting upon an edition of Adriaan van der Spiegel's De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), 1627,open at Plate 3.
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Current affairsCharles II, crowned King of Scotland, daringly invades England. His defeat at the Battle of Worcester by Oliver Cromwell permanently ends further military action against Parliament. Charles's escape from Worcester becomes legendary, as a fugitive, he seeks refuge for six weeks before finally fleeing to Normandy.
Art and scienceSocial philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, publishes his major work, Leviathan. Recognised as a cornerstone of western political philosophy, Hobbes's implication that the new political authority should be accepted, angering many exiled royalists.
InternationalHeaded by Chief Justice, Oliver St. John, a delegation is sent by the Rump Parliament to The Hague to negotiate a union between England and the Dutch Republic. The mission fails, principally over refusal by the Dutch to expel the exiled Stuart royal family from the country.
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