John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

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John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

by Gilbert Jackson
oil on canvas, 1636
74 1/2 in. x 51 in. (1892 mm x 1295 mm)
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5948

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  • Gilbert Jackson (active 1621-1643), Artist. Artist or producer associated with 3 portraits.

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This work was painted in the year of his clandestine marriage to Jane Boteler, whose portrait hangs in the background.

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The third daughter of Charles I, Princess Anne, is born. She dies aged three of natural causes at Richmond Palace.
Severe outbreak of the bubonic plague closes London theatres. They remain almost continuously closed until the end of the year.

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Canvases by painter, Sir Peter Paul Rubens are installed on the ceiling of the Banqueting House. Commissioned by Charles I, the paintings celebrate the life and wise government of his father, James I.
The favourite portraitist of James I's queen Anne of Denmark, Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, dies.


Scottish army officer, Alexander Leslie, Earl of Leven, is appointed Swedish Field Marshal in Westphalia, and commands forces in a decisive victory over Imperial-Saxon forces at the Battle of Wittstock.
North America's first college, New College, is founded in Massachusetts; two years later, its name would be changed to Harvard.

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