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Philip II, King of Spain

1 of 3 portraits by Hieronymus Wierix

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Philip II, King of Spain

by Giacomo Forma, after Hieronymus Wierix
line engraving, circa 1586
8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (202 mm x 135 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D24884

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  • Giacomo Forma (active late 16th-early 17th century), Engraver. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Hieronymus Wierix (circa 1553-1619), Draughtsman and engraver. Artist associated with 3 portraits.

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Current affairs

Discovery of the Babington plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. Mary, Queen of Scots is implicated. She is tried and convicted of High Treason.
Sir Francis Drake undertakes raids on Spanish possessions in the West Indies. He is the most feared English pirate, known as El Draque (the Dragon) by the Spanish.
Death of Sir Philip Sidney at the Battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands. He is mourned as a Protestant hero.

Art and science

The historian and herald William Camden publishes Britannia, the earliest topographical survey of Britain.
The explorer Thomas Cavendish departs from Plymouth on his circumnavigation of the world.


A revolutionary Catholic Government, the Council of Sixteen, is established in Paris. It supports the military campaigns of Henry, Duke of Guise against the Huguenots (French Protestants).
Akbar, Mughal Emperor of India, conquers Kashmir.

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