English School Two portrait studies, Thomas White (1628-1698), Bishop of Peterborough and Gilbert Bu

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Lot 2
English School
Two portrait studies, Thomas White (1628-1698), Bishop of Peterborough and Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury

£ 600 - 800
US$ 740 - 980
English School
Two portrait studies, Thomas White (1628-1698), Bishop of Peterborough and Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury.
Plumbago on vellum, inscribed on the obverse Dr White Bp of Peterborow and Bp Burnett, the former similarly inscribed on the reverse, mounted but unframed.
Rectangular, 115mm (4 1/2in) high (2)

Footnotes

  • Thomas White was educated at St John's College, Cambridge. Vicar of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent since 1660, he became bishop of Peterborough in 1685. He was one of the seven bishops who petitioned against the declaration of Indulgence issued by James II in 1688, and with the others was tried and sensationally acquitted. Although the trial had contributed to the Glorious Revolution, he was one of the non-juring bishops, refusing to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary in 1689 and so was deprived of his see in February 1690.

    Gilbert Burnet was born in Edinburgh, son of Robert Burnet, Lord Crimond. He became a Doctor of Divinity by the age of eighteen. By 1665 he was ordained by the Bishop of Edinburgh and four years later he was named to the vacant chair of Divinity at the University of Glasgow. With the unsettled political times, he left the University in 1674 and moved to London. Here, his political and religious sentiments prompted him to support the Whigs. He took an active part in the controversies of the time, and endeavoured to bring about reconciliation between Episcopacy and Presbytery. He gained favour with Charles II, from whom he received various preferments. On account of a letter of reproof which he wrote to the King, he lost favour at Court, and disliking the policy pursued by James II, he emigrated in 1687 to the United Provinces, where he became one of the advisers of the Prince of Orange. Returning to England at the Glorious Revolution, he was made Bishop of Salisbury.

    Part illustrated.
English School Two portrait studies, Thomas White (1628-1698), Bishop of Peterborough and Gilbert Bu
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