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William II of Orange-Nassau

by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake
line engraving, 1641
11 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in. (292 mm x 208 mm) plate size; 12 1/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (308 mm x 225 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1913
Reference Collection
NPG D18884

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  • William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist or producer associated with 720 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Sir Robert Peake (circa 1605-1667), Printseller and royalist army officer. Artist or producer associated with 65 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D22885: William II of Orange-Nassau (from same plate)
  • NPG D22884: William II of Orange-Nassau (from same plate)

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Current affairs

Statesman, John Pym, plays a leading part in bringing charges of treason against the king's chief councillor, Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford whose subsequent execution is widely celebrated.
The Grand Remonstrance, a long, comprehensive indictment of the king's government since his accession, is narrowly passed by Parliament.

Art and science

Following the death of Sir Anthony van Dyck, William Dobson is appointed Principal Painter to the king.
Poet and polemicist, John Milton, publishes the first of several anti-prelatical tracts, attacking the episcopal form of church governance and in particular, the arguments of royalist Joseph Hall, Bishop of Norwich.

International

The Irish Catholic gentry, fearing invasion from the increasingly pro-Puritan English Long Parliament and the Scottish Covenants, launch an unsuccessful coup d'etat in order to seize concessions for Catholics; the ensuing Irish Rebellion, which precipitated civil war in the three kingdoms, is led by Irish rebel, Sir Phelim O'Neill.

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