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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by George Glover, published by Peter Stent
engraving, published circa 1643-1667
3 3/4 in. x 2 3/4 in. (97 mm x 70 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Reference Collection
NPG D19960

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Artistsback to top

  • George Glover (active 1625-1652), Engraver. Artist associated with 89 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
  • Peter Stent (circa 1613-1665), Printseller and printer. Artist associated with 71 portraits.

Events of 1643back to top

Current affairs

Signing of the Solemn League and Covenant. The treaty forms an alliance between the English Parliament and Scottish Covenanters. Sir Henry Vane emerges as the leading spokesman of the English delegation.
The Westminster Assembly, comprising of clergymen and politicians, is appointed by the Long Parliament to restructure the Anglican Church.

Art and science

The authorised version of Religio Medici (A Doctor's Religion), by Norwich physician Sir Thomas Browne, is published. A type of personal memoir, the work gained Browne a European reputation.
Parliament issues a licensing order stipulating that all books are examined prior to publication, inciting John Milton to write Areopagitica, 1644.


Aged four, Louis XIV inherits the French throne. He would become the longest reigning monarch in European history.
Charles I orders James Butler, Duke of Ormonde, to arrange a ceasefire with the Catholics Confederates in Ireland, allowing Ormonde's Irish troops to fight against the Parliamentarians in England.

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