Sir Henry Spelman
Sir Henry Spelman
by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1664
8 7/8 in. x 5 1/1 in. (227 mm x 151 mm) plate size; 11 7/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (301 mm x 215 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Sir Henry Spelman (1564?-1641), Historian and philologist. Sitter associated with 13 portraits.
Artistback to top
- William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 720 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
Events of 1664back to top
Current affairsThe Coventicle Act, a component of the Clarendon Code, is enacted by Parliament forbidding non-conformist conventicles.
The Admiral's Regiment, precursor to the Royal Marines, meets for the first time as part of the mobilisation for war with the Dutch.
Art and sciencePlaywright, Thomas Killigrew, stages his best-known play, The Parson's Wedding with an all-female cast. After the Restoration, women were permitted to take to the stage as actors.
Construction of the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford begins. Designed by architect, Christopher Wren, the building is funded Archbishop Sheldon.
InternationalMounting pressure for war with England's trading rival, Holland, increases as the two countries clash over trading interests around the world. Thomas Clifford, Baron Clifford, passionately champions the cause for war, becoming a leading voice in a bellicose parliament which promises an unprecedented grant towards the conflict.
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