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The Portsmouth Captains

1 of 2 portraits of John Beaumont

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The Portsmouth Captains

by Robert White
line engraving, 1688
15 1/4 in. x 11 1/8 in. (388 mm x 281 mm) plate size; 15 3/8 in. x 11 1/8 in. (391 mm x 283 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D30932

Artistback to top

  • Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 608 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • John Beaumont (circa 1636-1701), Colonel and politician, one of the 'Portsmouth Captains' cashiered in 1688. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
  • William Cook (active 1688), Soldier; one of the 'Portsmouth Captains' cashiered in 1688. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
  • Thomas Orme (active 1688), Soldier and one of the 'Portsmouth Captains' cashiered in 1688. Sitter in 3 portraits. Identify
  • Simon Pack (active 1688), Soldier; one of the 'Portsmouth Captains' cashiered in 1688. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
  • Thomas Paston (died 1691), One of the 'Portsmouth Captains' cashiered in 1688; son of 1st Earl of Yarmouth. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify
  • John Port (active 1688), Soldier; one of the 'Portsmouth Captains' cashiered in 1688. Sitter in 2 portraits. Identify

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Events of 1688back to top

Current affairs

The Glorious Revolution. Senior statesmen, increasingly resentful of James's assault upon liberties of his subjects, invite William III of Orange to invade England. Their action is spurred on by the acquittal of seven bishops who refused to read James II's declaration of indulgence from their pulpits. James flees into exile.

Art and science

George Savile, Marquess of Halifax, publishes his political tract, The Character of a Trimmer, written 1685, which urged Charles II to shake off his brother's influence.
Writer, Aphra Behn, publishes Oroonoko, often considered to be an abolitionist treatise.


International

Nine Years' War. Threatened by William III's invasion of England and possible alliance of Protestant European states under his helm, Louis XIV sends French troops into the Rhineland. This pre-emptive strike ignites a war of attrition, and institutes a coalition of European states united in attempting to halt expansionist France.

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