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'The Works of Sir William Davenant', frontispiece, printed by TN for Henry Herringman, London, 1673.

In 1656, when Cromwell who opposed theatrical performances was still in power, William Davenant succeeded in producing ‘The Siege of Rhodes’ in his home in an all-sung version. He staged it with moveable scenery arranged in perspective, which was to prove highly influential.

According to legend, Davenant was the illegitimate son of William Shakespeare. He contributed to the last of the Stuart masques and was a fervent Royalist. After Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, Davenant and Thomas Killigrew were granted royal patents, which gave them virtual monopoly over presenting drama in London. These monopolies were not revoked until the 19th century.

'The Works of Sir William Davenant', frontispiece, printed by TN for Henry Herringman, London, 1673.

In 1656, when Cromwell who opposed theatrical performances was still in power, William Davenant succeeded in producing ‘The Siege of Rhodes’ in his home in an all-sung version. He staged it with moveable scenery arranged in perspective, which was to prove highly influential.

According to legend, Davenant was the illegitimate son of William Shakespeare. He contributed to the last of the Stuart masques and was a fervent Royalist. After Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, Davenant and Thomas Killigrew were granted royal patents, which gave them virtual monopoly over presenting drama in London. These monopolies were not revoked until the 19th century.

fashionsfromhistory:

Jacket
1610-1620
British 
Museum of London

fashionsfromhistory:

Jacket

1610-1620

British 

Museum of London

mazarinette:

Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu
By Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674)

mazarinette:

Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu
By Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674)

"Hi, I would like to show you a 17c miniature in a silver locket I have. if you are interested send me your email and I will send you the image. I would be curious to know if you think it’s Charles II. Kind regards, David"

Hi David,
I don’t think this is Charles II, but he does look familiar. Does anyone have any ideas?

"Hi, I would like to show you a 17c miniature in a silver locket I have. if you are interested send me your email and I will send you the image. I would be curious to know if you think it’s Charles II. Kind regards, David"

Hi David,

I don’t think this is Charles II, but he does look familiar.

Does anyone have any ideas?

todayinhistory:

March 27th 1625: Charles I becomes King

On this day in 1625, Charles I became King of England, Scotland and Ireland. He succeeded to the throne upon the death of his father King James I. Charles and his father believed in the divine right of kings to absolute rule. This caused Charles’s struggle for power with Parliament and resentment among his subjects for his seemingly tyrannical actions like taxing without the consent of Parliament and interfering with churches. The English Civil War broke out in the last years of his reign, which pitted the crown against Parliament. Charles was captured by the Parliamentarians and executed for high treason in 1649. The monarchy was then abolished but returned in 1660 with Charles’s son in power.

French 17th Century Dress

French 17th Century Dress

fashionsfromhistory:

Bodice

17th Century

France

MET

artmastered:

Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, 1657

artmastered:

Johannes Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, 1657

George Villiers 1st Duke of Buckingham
By Paul van Somer

George Villiers 1st Duke of Buckingham
By Paul van Somer

Louis XIII of France 1610 - 1643
Simon Vouet

Louis XIII of France 1610 - 1643
Simon Vouet

King James I of England and VI of Scotland aged 19

King James I of England and VI of Scotland aged 19

First ‘Lonely Hearts’ ad from 1695, asks for  “some good young Gentlewoman that has a Fortune of 3000 l. or thereabout”

First ‘Lonely Hearts’ ad from 1695, asks for “some good young Gentlewoman that has a Fortune of 3000 l. or thereabout”

Arrival of Louis XIV preceded by his guardsmen at the old palace of Versailles in 1669, Adam Frans Van der Meulen (1632-1690), Versailles, châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon © RMN (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

Arrival of Louis XIV preceded by his guardsmen at the old palace of Versailles in 1669, Adam Frans Van der Meulen (1632-1690), Versailles, châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon © RMN (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot

"The Poultry-yard" by Jan Steen (1660)

"The Poultry-yard" by Jan Steen (1660)