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Title page to 'Gloria Mundi' (1625)

1 portrait of Avicenna

Title page to 'Gloria Mundi' (1625), after Unknown artist, published 1625 - NPG D23981 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Title page to 'Gloria Mundi' (1625)

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1625
6 7/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (176 mm x 136 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D23981

Artistback to top

Sittersback to top

  • St Albert ('the Great') (circa 1193-1280), Philosopher and theologian. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Avicenna (circa 980-1037), Physician, philosopher and a scientist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Roger Bacon (1214?-1294), Philosopher. Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
  • Melchior Cibinensis, Alchemist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Democritus (circa 460 BC-circa 370 BC), Philosopher. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Arnaldus de Villa Nova (circa 1235-1313), Alchemist, astrologer and physician. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Ramon Llull (1232-1315), Writer and philosopher. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Morienes, Alchemist; Byzantine monk. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Mary Prophetissa (active 3rd century), Alchemist. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Michael Sendivogius (1566-1636), Polish alchemist, philosopher and medical doctor. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Philosopher and theologian. Sitter in 6 portraits.
  • Hermes Trismegistus, Egyptian-Greek deity and alchemist. Sitter in 2 portraits.

Events of 1625back to top

Current affairs

James I dies at Theobalds Palace, Hertfordshire and the Prince of Wales becomes Charles I. Charles's queen, Henrietta Maria, daughter of Henry IV of France, arrives in Dover escorted by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.
The court moves to Oxford temporarily due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague.

Art and science

Under the patronage of the queen, a new theatre company is formed, the Queen Henrietta's Men. Richard Perkins is a founding member.


Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon, is recommended by George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham to command a naval expedition to Spain. Though some Spanish ships were captured, Wimbledon failed to destroy Cadiz where most of the Spanish fleet was moored.
Treaty of The Hague is signed between England and the Dutch Empire.

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