Famous Deaths in 1640

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  • Jan 14 Thomas Coventry, 1st Baron Coventry, English lawyer and judge (b. 1578)
  • Jan 22 Erasmus Quellinus I, Flemish wood carver, dies at about 55
  • Jan 25 Robert Burton, author (Anatomy of Melancholy), dies
  • Feb 4 Hendrick C Vroom, Dutch seascape painter, dies
  • Feb 9 Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40), dies in Baghdad at 27
  • Mar 8 Guillaume van Messaus, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 17 Philip Massinger, dramatist, dies
  • Apr 2 Matthias C Sarbiewski, [Sarbievius], Polish jesuit/poet, dies at 45
  • Apr 10 Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 10 Charlotte Flandrina van Nassau, daughter of Willem I, dies at 60
  • May 30 Andre Duchesne, French historian/genealogy, dies
  • May 30 Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish Baroque painter, dies at 62
  • Jun 3 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician (b. 1584)
  • Jul 12 Henry Casimir I, count of Nassau-Dietz, dies
  • Oct 20 John Ball, English Puritan clergyman (b. 1585)
  • Oct 26 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), dies at 63
  • Nov 25 Giles Farnaby, composer, dies
  • Dec 6 Matthijs Elsevier, Flemish/Dutch book publisher/merchant, dies at 75
  • Dec 9 Pierre Fourier, Roman Catholic saint and French priest (b.1565)
  • Dec 30 John Francis Regis, French saint (b. 1597)