|Sir Thomas Isham II, 3rd Baronet of Lamport *, circa 1678.|
|Thomas Burnet, 1675.|
|Portrait of a Young Man, circa 1660s.|
|Portrait of a Gentleman with a Lace Collar, circa 1660s.|
|Portrait of a Young Man of the Chigi Family, (Augusto Chigi?) circa 1660s.|
* Because I'm always stumbling upon interesting things while just trying to make a simple post.... The handsome and very modern looking fellow in the first image? His story, as adapted from Wikipedia:
Sir Thomas Isham II (15 March 1656 - 9 August 1681), 3rd Baronet of Lamport from 1675-1681 is known for a diary he wrote from 1671-1673 of his observations as a teenage member of the English aristocracy.
Thomas Isham II was the eldest son and second child of Sir Justinian Isham I and his wife Vere Leigh. When his father died on 2 March 1675, Thomas succeeded at only 19 years of age to the baronetcy of Lamport, Northamptonshire. He matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford that June, just three months after becoming baronet, but he would have only been able to be spend a few months at most in his studies, as he embarked in October of the following year on a tour of Europe with his cousin and tutor the Reverend Zacchaeus Isham. Though it was not uncommon for the young English gentry of the time to tour the continent for several months as part of their education, Sir Thomas and Zacchaeus stayed a full two and a half years, a large part of their time spent in Italy collecting art works. Returning to Lamport, Sir Thomas contracted to marry Mary van de Bempde, the daughter of a Dutch merchant, but tragically he died of small pox in London on 9 August 1681 before his marriage could take place. [He was only twenty-five.]
He was [...] succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother Sir Justinian Isham, who became the 4th baronet. Sir Thomas is remembered mainly for a diary that he wrote in Latin from 1671 to 1673 at the command of his father. It is made up largely of one-sentence entries, with occasional longer anecdotes of local news-worthy events, as relayed to the boy by visitors. His diary is noteworthy in that it provides a glimpse of the everyday life of a teenage member of the English gentry, as played out in a country estate. His diary first became widely available in 1875 when it was first published, but the most readily available edition is a 1971 publication of a translation by Norman Marlow with annotations by the 12th baronet Sir Gyles Isham.