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John Finch, 1st Baron Finch (1584-1660), Speaker of the House of Commons

Sitter associated with 6 portraits
John Finch, 1st Baron Finch, was descended from a prominent legal family and was called to the Bar to practice law in 1611. He was elected to Parliament as MP for Canterbury in 1614. In 1625 Finch attracted the notice of King Charles I, when Charles visited Canterbury and was received in the city with an address by Finch. The following year he was knighted and appointed as King's Counsel and Attorney General. Finch was elected Speaker in 1628. The post was short-lived however, as Parliament was dissolved by the king in 1629.

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John Finch, 1st Baron Finch

possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1640)
NPG 2125


John Finch, 1st Baron Finch

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Edward Bower
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26940


John Finch, 1st Baron Finch

possibly by George Vertue
line engraving, 1713
NPG D26941


John Finch, 1st Baron Finch

by Guillaume Philippe Benoist
line engraving, 1757
NPG D26939


John Finch, 1st Baron Finch and Sir Francis Windebank

possibly after George Glover, published by John Thane
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26905


John Finch, 1st Baron Finch

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Unknown artist, probably after Sir Anthony van Dyck
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D23263


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