Biography of John Roettiers Engraver 1631-1703

On 03 Jul 1631 John Roettiers Engraver 1631-1703 was born to [his father] Philip Roettiers Goldsmith 1596-1669.

In 1661 Charles II of England (30) invited John Roettiers (29) and his brother Joseph (and subsequently a third brother Philip) to join the British Royal Mint.

Around 1642. William Dobson Painter 1611-1646. Portrait of the future Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Before 1691. John Riley Painter 1646-1691. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Around 1665 John Greenhill Painter 1644-1676. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his Garter Robes. Around 1661 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his coronation robes. Before 11 Jul 1671 Adriaen Hanneman Painter 1603-1671. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. 1675. Hendrick Danckerts Painter 1625-1680. Portrait of Royal Gardener John Rose presenting a pineappel to King Charles II

In 1666 John Roettiers Engraver 1631-1703 (34) created a new Great Seal.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 26 March 1666. 26 Mar 1666. Up, and a meeting extraordinary there was of Sir W. Coventry (38), Lord Bruncker (46), and myself, about the business of settling the ticket office, where infinite room is left for abusing the King (35) in the wages of seamen.

Our [meeting] being done, my Lord Bruncker (46) and I to the Tower, to see the famous engraver (34), to get him to grave a seale for the office. And did see some of the finest pieces of work in embossed work, that ever I did see in my life, for fineness and smallness of the images thereon, and I will carry my wife thither to shew them her. Here I also did see bars of gold melting, which was a fine sight.

So with my Lord to the Pope's Head Taverne in Lombard Street to dine by appointment with Captain Taylor, whither Sir W. Coventry (38) come to us, and were mighty merry, and I find reason to honour him every day more and more.

Thence alone to Broade Street to Sir G. Carteret (56) by his desire to confer with him, who is I find in great pain about the business of the office, and not a little, I believe, in fear of falling there, Sir W. Coventry (38) having so great a pique against him, and herein I first learn an eminent instance how great a man this day, that nobody would think could be shaken, is the next overthrown, dashed out of countenance, and every small thing of irregularity in his business taken notice of, where nobody the other day durst cast an eye upon them, and next I see that he that the other day nobody durst come near is now as supple as a spaniel, and sends and speaks to me with great submission, and readily hears to advice.

Thence home to the office, where busy late, and so home a little to my accounts publique and private, but could not get myself rightly to know how to dispose of them in order to passing.

Before 23 Jun 1686 Mary Beale aka Cradock Painter 1633-1699. Portrait of William Coventry 1628-1686.

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In Aug 1672 John Roettiers Engraver 1631-1703 (41) created new coins using dies that had the image of Brittania reported to have been modelled on Frances Teresa Stewart Duchess Lennox and Richmond 1647-1702 (25). See Diary of Samuel Pepys 25 February 1667.

Around 1662 Peter Lely Painter 1618-1680. Portrait of Frances Teresa Stewart Duchess Lennox and Richmond 1647-1702. One of the Windsor Beauties.

John Evelyn's Diary 20 July 1678. 20 Jul 1678. I went to the Tower to try a metal at the Assay-master's, which only proved sulphur; then saw Monsieur Rotière (47), that excellent graver belonging to the Mint, who emulates even the ancients, in both metal and stone; he was now molding a horse for the King's (48) statue, to be cast in silver, of a yard high. I dined with Mr. Slingsby (57), Master of the Mint.

In 1703 John Roettiers Engraver 1631-1703 (71) died and was buried in the Tower of London.