Sir Martin Frobisher

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Sir Martin Frobisher

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
6 1/2 in. x 4 5/8 in. (165 mm x 117 mm) paper size
Reference Collection
NPG D5920

On display in Room 1 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 200 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This print was published as part of the Herwologia.

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  • NPG 334a: The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605 ()

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Current affairs

The beginning of a severe economic depression in England is widely blamed on the East India Company whose export of bullion on each voyage financed their trade. Additionally, despite efforts by Lionel Cranfield, Earl of Middlesex, to reduce the royal household's expenditure, James I's debt is historically high.

Art and science

Francis Bacon publishes his major philosophical work Novum Organum, which presents his account of the correct method of acquiring natural knowledge using inductive reasoning.
Inventor and mechanical engineer, Cornelis Drebbel builds an early type of submarine which he demonstrates on the Thames.

International

The Catholic League's invasion of Bohemia and victory at the battle of the White Mountain, forces Frederick V, king of Bohemia and his family into exile in the Hague, after less than a year reigning.
The Pilgrim Fathers sail for America in the 'Mayflower', escaping religious persecution in England.

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