James Nayler

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James Nayler

after Unknown artist
etching, 1657
7 1/2 in. x 6 in. (192 mm x 153 mm) plate size; 7 7/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (200 mm x 159 mm) paper size
Acquired, 1955
Reference Collection
NPG D8057

Sitterback to top

  • James Nayler (1618-1660), Quaker preacher and writer. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6578 portraits.

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Events of 1657back to top

Current affairs

The Humble Petition and Advice, a revision of the constitution, offers Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell the crown. Proposals to bestow monarchical powers upon Cromwell may have stemmed from the influence of Chief Justice Oliver St John. Cromwell declines the crown.

Art and science

The pamphlet, Killing Noe Murder, accuses Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell of tyranny and advocates for his assassination. Published in Holland by agitator and later conspirator, Edward Sexby with the assistance of royalist Silius Titus, uncertainty surrounds the authorship of the pamphlet.
Oliver Cromwell establishes the General Post Office.

International

Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish merchant fleet at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Victory in no way enriched England with Spanish bullion, however it established England's reputation as a leading European naval power, and strangled Spain's supply of wealth which halted its army.

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