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Two unknown dancing figures

by Hendrik Hondius (Hond), after Pieter Bruegel the Elder
line engraving, 1642
4 5/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (118 mm x 155 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D28069

Artistsback to top

  • Pieter Bruegel the Elder (circa 1525-1569), Painter, engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • Hendrik Hondius (Hond) (1573-1650), Printmaker, draughtsman and publisher. Artist associated with 24 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Events of 1642back to top

Current affairs

Charles I fails to arrest five members of Parliament and rejects Parliament's Nineteen Propositions.
Outbreak of Civil War. The Battle of Edgehill, the first fought between Royalist armies led by Lieutenant-General, Patrick Ruthven, Earl of Brentford and Parliamentarians under Captain-General, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, is inconclusive.

Art and science

Parliament closes all theatres in London judging entertainment sinful. A Jovial Crew, by playwright, Richard Brome, is reportedly the last play staged before the closure.
Poet, John Denham, writes Cooper's Hill, a reflection on kingship during the current political upheavals.

International

Royalist soldier, James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, leads the king's forces in Ireland against the Irish Confederates. During the year, he successfully achieves victory at the battle of Kilrush and raises the siege of Drogheda.
France's first minister, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu dies and is succeeded by Cardinal Jules Mazarin.

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