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Scottish Royals

by James Clark
line engraving, late 17th century
12 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (315 mm x 190 mm) plate size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D29277

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  • James Clark (active 1681-1690), Engraver. Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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Current affairs

Charles II mistress, Barbara Villiers, is created Duchess of Cleveland and granted Nonsuch Palace including its sizeable grounds.
Actress and royal mistress, Nell Gwyn, gives birth to Charles II's son, Charles, who would later become, Duke of St. Albans.

Art and science

Tragicomedy, The Forc'd Marriage, by Aphra Behn, staged by the Duke's Company, starts Behn's career as a professional writer. The writer may have been a royalist spy towards the end of the interregnum.
Poet laureate, John Dryden, is made historiographer royal, a post he would hold for nearly 20 years.

International

Terms of a secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV are brought by Henrietta, Duchess of Orleans during a visit to Dover; upon England supplying the majority of military power for a war against Holland and Charles's official conversion to Catholicism, France would assist financially.

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Kathy and Alister Sholl

23 February 2020, 11:15

Greetings from Melbourne Australia
This is a repeat of our enquiry about Reference NPG D29277, as the first appears to have been corrupted in preparation of this form.
We have in our collection, nine individual engravings of the nine Scottish Royals shown in your composite picture Reference NPG D29277. The images are the same as yours in dress and broad detail, but have minor variations, especially the background and surrounds.. Some of them face the reverse way to yours. All have signature “Ja Clark fecit”, and date 1680 below the print impression.
We have photographed the watermark of one print, but all available resources in the Melbourne State Library have not identified anything like it. Would you please put us in contact with a conservator who may be able to advise us on their origin after we send some images.

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