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Margaret Lemon

by Richard Gaywood, published by Peter Stent, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
etching, circa 1656
4 3/8 in. x 2 3/4 in. (111 mm x 71 mm) paper size
acquired unknown source, 1960
Reference Collection
NPG D47398

Sitterback to top

  • Margaret Lemon (born circa 1614), Artists model and mistress of Sir Anthony van Dyck. Sitter in 8 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Richard Gaywood (active 1644-1668), Artist. Artist associated with 101 portraits.
  • Peter Stent (circa 1613-1665), Printseller and printer. Artist associated with 71 portraits.
  • Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1023 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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The Quaker, James Nayler, rides on horseback into Bristol in imitation of Christ entering Jerusalem. He is imprisoned for blasphemy.
Oliver Cromwell reluctantly calls a second Protectorate Parliament hoping a compliant parliament will raise money urgently required for the Anglo-Spanish War and maintenance of military government at home.

Art and science

Political theorist, James Harrington, publishes his influential magnus opus, The Commonwealth of Oceana, which advocates for a utopian republic.
Gardener and collector, John Tradescant the Younger, publishes England's first museum catalogue, Musaeum Tradescantianum, for his museum of rarities housed in his home, called 'The Ark'.

International

War with Spain officially declared. Admiral, Edward Montagu, Earl of Sandwich concludes a treaty with Portugal eagerly requiring support to free itself from Spain.
Admiral Robert Blake, keeping the fleet at sea throughout the winter to blockade Spain's coastline, enables Captain Richard Stayner to capture a Spanish plate fleet.

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