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Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso

1 portrait of George Perfect Harding

Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso, by George Perfect Harding, after  Arnold Bronckorst, 19th century, based on a work of 1578 - NPG 2408 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oliver St John, 1st Baron St John of Bletso

by George Perfect Harding, after Arnold Bronckorst
watercolour, 19th century, based on a work of 1578
9 1/8 in. x 7 in. (232 mm x 178 mm)
Purchased, 1929
Primary Collection
NPG 2408

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  • Arnold Bronckorst (active 1565 or 1566-1585). Artist associated with 4 portraits.
  • George Perfect Harding (1779 or 1780-1853), Portrait painter, copyist and antiquary. Artist associated with 172 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Harding made his detailed watercolour when the original was at Melchbourne House, Bedfordshire, the home of 'Lord St. John'. The visit is recorded by him in the manuscripts of his visits to 'Various Mansions' and records the fact that he knew the work was signed and dated.

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Current affairs

The heir to the French crown, François, Duke of Anjou visits England to court Queen Elizabeth I. Public opinion is against a marriage due to his nationality and Catholic faith.
Sir Humphrey Gilbert receives letters patent that entitle him to explore and colonise 'remote heathen and barbarous landes' on behalf of Queen Elizabeth I.
King James VI of Scotland assumes personal control of the realm, without the aid of a regent, aged eleven.

Art and science

The writer and playwright John Lyly publishes Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit: Very Pleasant for All Gentlemen to Read, one of the most popular books of the period.

International

Death of Don John of Austria, Governor of the Netherlands. He is succeeded by Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Palma.
The Battle of Wenden - Sweden defeats Russia, marking a turning point in the Livonian War.
Sebastian I of Portugal leads a disastrous crusade against the Moors in northern Africa. He is defeated and killed at the Battle of Alcácazarquivir.

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