2 of 3 portraits of William Austin
by Abraham Hertochs (Hertocks)
line engraving, published 1666
4 1/2 in. x 2 3/4 in. (115 mm x 70 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- William Austin (1627 or 1628-before 1677), Classical scholar and verse writer. Sitter in 3 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Abraham Hertochs (Hertocks) (active 1626-1672), Engraver. Artist associated with 28 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Events of 1666back to top
Current affairsThe Great Fire of London starts in a baker's shop in Pudding Lane, destroying two-thirds of the city. Charles II and James, Duke of York personally direct and manually assist with the fire-fighting effort. Thousands are left homeless, though few people die.
Art and scienceMathematical scientist, Isaac Newton, formulates a series of groundbreaking theories concerning light, colour, calculus, and, after supposedly watching an apple fall from a tree, the universal law of gravitation.
Nicholas Lanier, Master of the King's Music dies and Frenchman Louis Grabu is appointed the post.