1 portrait by John Michael Wright
after John Michael Wright
watercolour, (circa 1668-1670)
8 3/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (212 mm x 175 mm) paper size
Given by Sir Herbert Henry Raphael, 1st Bt, 1916
Events of 1668back to top
Current affairsAn illicit affair between George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham and beauty, Anna Maria, Countess of Shrewsbury, leads to a notorious duel during which Villiers mortally wounds Shrewsbury's husband, Francis Talbot.
William Penn, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, is imprisoned after producing pamphlets advocating Quakerism.
Art and scienceWriter, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle republishes her science fiction work, The Description of a New World, called the Blazing-World, as a separate edition, originally published as an appendix to her Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, (1666).
Poet John Dryden is appointed poet laureate.
InternationalDiplomat and writer, Sir William Temple, negotiates the Triple Alliance between England, Holland and Sweden to protect the Spanish Netherlands from French expansion during the War of Devolution. The union ultimately forces Louis XIV to sign the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle and retreat from the Habsburg-controlled Netherlands.
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