Angus Trumble’s 1685 In Retrospect


“Bishop Sparrow of Norwich died, and Bishop Lloyd of Peterborough was sent to take his place. Thomas White replaced Lloyd, while Bishop Lake of Bristol was translated to Chichester, seven years vacant. Meanwhile, Bishop Ken went to Bath and Wells to fill the shoes of Bishop Mews, who had gone to Winchester the year before. In other words, all was as might be expected in the Church of England....”

In the latest installment of a regular feature, our resident chronologer pilots through 1685, from the rise and fall of the ill-selected sixth Dalai Lama in Tibet to the sunset of legally sanctioned witchcraft executions in Iceland and England, from the depths of malaria-ridden estuaries to astronomical observations of the Southern Cross.

Angus Trumble is Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Formerly the Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, Trumble has written several books, including A Brief History of the Smile (Basic Books, 2004), and The Finger: A Handbook (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2010).