The Portsmouth Captains
The Portsmouth Captains
after an engraving by Robert White
ink and wash, (1688)
10 5/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (270 mm x 196 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Artistback to top
- Robert White (1645-1703), Engraver. Artist associated with 608 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Sittersback to top
- 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
Events of 1688back to top
Current affairsThe 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 scienceGeorge 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.
InternationalNine 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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