by John Faber Sr
mezzotint, late 17th or early 18th century
10 3/8 in. x 8 in. (264 mm x 203 mm) plate size; 11 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (297 mm x 223 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
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- John Faber Sr (circa 1660-1721), Draughtsman and engraver. Artist associated with 195 portraits.
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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.