published by Alexander Browne, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1684
13 1/4 in. x 9 7/8 in. (338 mm x 250 mm) plate size; 14 7/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (377 mm x 290 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Blue Balcony, Little Queen Street, London)
Events of 1684back to top
Current affairsJames, Duke of York's influence grows within Charles II's government; the Admiralty commission is abolished, allowing James to resume his role as lord admiral, in all but name. A new generation of Tories, supporters of James are bestowed with influential roles, including Sir George Jeffreys, recently appointed Lord Chief Justice.
Art and scienceItalian decorative artist, Antonio Verrio, is appointed 'principal Gardiner and Surveyor' to the King.
Author, John Bunyan, publishes the second part of his Pilgrim's Progress.