Royal Society London
2 of 4 portraits of William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker
Royal Society London
by Wenceslaus Hollar, after John Evelyn
7 7/8 in. x 6 in. (201 mm x 152 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Sittersback to top
- William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker (1620-1684), Mathematician; first President of the Royal Society. Sitter in 4 portraits. Identify
- King Charles II (1630-1685), Reigned 1660-85. Sitter associated with 295 portraits. Identify
- Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (1561-1626), Philosopher and Lord Chancellor. Sitter associated with 63 portraits.
Artistsback to top
Related worksback to top
- NPG D2945: Frontispiece to 'The History of the Royal-Society of London' by Thomas Sprat (from same plate)
Subjects & Themesback to top
- Allegory in portraits
- Angels, fairies and cherubs
- Books and libraries
- Carpets and textiles
- Crests, seals and coats of arms
- Doorways and archways
- Group portraits
- Pets and animals - Birds
- Pets and animals - Dogs
- Room with a view
- Science, appliance and technology
- Science, appliance and technology - Scientific discovery
- Words and inscriptions
Events of 1667back to top
Current affairsLeading figures of the 'Cabal' ministry, Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington and George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, engineer the downfall of first minister, Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, who is ousted from Parliament. Fallen out of favour with the king, Clarendon's pompous attitude and conservatism had made him increasingly unpopular.
Art and scienceDutch woodcarver and sculptor Grinling Gibbons arrives in England. His innovative, naturalistic foliage woodcarving, with emphasis on sculptural form, became hugely popular.
Poet John Milton sells the rights to his epic poem, Paradise Lost (1663), to printer Samuel Simmons.
InternationalDutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter leads his fleet up the River Medway and succeeds in destroying several of Britain's warships at Chatham. Peace negotiations to end the Anglo-Dutch War were already in progress in Breda, but the attack encouraged a humiliated Charles II to hastily sue for peace.
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