by William Faithorne Jr, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, late 17th century
8 7/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (224 mm x 138 mm) paper size, cut
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- Elizabeth Cooper, Possibly daughter of Edward Cooper. Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
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Current affairsCharles 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 scienceTragicomedy, 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.
InternationalTerms 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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