28 February 2018
The groom of the stool came to have unrivalled influence on the king
THE LOUSE MADE the strongest impression on me, until I walked into a room full of big portraits in oils.
This was at the excellent Charles II exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery in London, a pendant, as Laura Gascoigne suggested here, to the big Charles I show at the Academy.
The louse was a large fold-out engraving in Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, a book depending as much on his draughtsmanship as his microscopy. The star insect in the book is the flea.
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