Unknown man, formerly known as Sir William Waller

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Unknown man, formerly known as Sir William Waller

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1645-1650
27 in. x 21 in. (686 mm x 533 mm)
Transferred from The British Museum, London, 1879
Primary Collection
NPG 577

Sitterback to top

  • Sir William Waller (1597-1668), Parliamentary general. Sitter associated with 17 portraits.

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  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

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Current affairs

First proposed by Sir WiIliam Waller, the New Model Army, the first national army consisting of full-time soldiers, is recruited by Parliament. Under the leadership of Thomas Fairfax, Commander-in-Chief, the Army decisively wins the battles of Naseby and Langport against the Royalists.
Archbishop William Laud is beheaded for treason.


Art and science

Alexander Ross, clergyman and philosopher publishes The Philosophical Touch-Stone, an important refutation of the unorthodox Aristotelianism expounded by Sir Kenelm Digby in his Two Treaties.
Physician Daniel Whistler, presents his thesis on rickets at the Dutch university of Leiden, the first printed text on the disease.

International

Charles I commissions Edward Somerset, Marquess of Worcester, to secretly negotiate with Irish Confederates. For generous concessions the Confederates would raise an army to fight against parliamentarians. Ongoing, complex negotiations secure the signing of two treaties but the king eventually disavows the agreements and repudiates Somerset.

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