2 of 2 portraits of John Ashton
by Robert White, after John Riley
line engraving, late 17th century
10 1/2 in. x 7 1/8 in. (266 mm x 180 mm) plate size; 11 3/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (289 mm x 196 mm) paper size
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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.