Alexander Ross

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Alexander Ross

by Pierre Lombart
line engraving, published 1653
5 5/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (143 mm x 82 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D28814

Sitterback to top

  • Alexander Ross (1591-1654), Clergyman and writer. Sitter in 11 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Pierre Lombart (1612 or 1613-1682), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 132 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Events of 1653back to top

Current affairs

Dismissal of Rump Parliament. Briefly, power rests with the radicals' Barebone's Parliament before infighting leads to its dissolution. The subsequent passing of 'The Instrument of Government', drafted by Parliamentary General John Lambert, establishes the protectoral system, declaring Oliver Cromwell as lord protector and setting up a supervisory council of state.

Art and science

The London ironmonger, Izaak Walton publishes The Compleat Angler.
Cupid and Death, a masque written by dramatist James Shirley, is performed before the Portuguese ambassador, Count of Peneguiaõ, briefly reviving theatrical performances during the Interregnum.

International

Anglo-Dutch War. English navy blockade the Dutch coast forcing the economy of the Netherlands to collapse. Soon afterwards, naval forces clash for the last time at the battle of Scheveningen. Both sides claim victory, however, death of Dutch commander, Lieutenant-Admiral Maarten Tromp, ultimately signal defeat for the Netherlands.

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