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John Selden (1584-1654), Jurist, politician and scholar

Sitter in 22 portraits
Called to the Bar in 1612. His first major book, Titles of Honour, was published in 1614. His History of Tythes (1618), conceded the legal right of the Church of England to collect tithes, but denied divine authority. The book was suppressed, and the Privy Council forced Selden to recant his views. He was imprisoned twice for taking the side of the House of Commons (to which he was elected in 1623) against King Charles I, and from 1640, he took part in the Commons' proceedings against William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, and against Charles I. A learned man, he is best remembered today for the posthumous Table Talk: Being the Discourses of John Selden, Esq. (1689).

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John Selden

after Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 17th century?
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John Selden

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas
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John Selden

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D16810

D16807

John Selden

by Michael Burghers
line engraving, 1640s-1690s
NPG D16807

D26974

John Selden

by John Chantry
line engraving, published 1661
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John Selden

by John Chantry
line engraving, published 1661
NPG D26977

D16808

John Selden

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, printed for Thomas Lee
line engraving, published 1677
NPG D16808

D26976

John Selden

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1683
NPG D26976

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John Selden

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1683
NPG D20231

D16812

John Selden

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1683
NPG D16812

D26975

John Selden

by John Faber Jr, printed and sold by Timothy Jordan, printed and sold by Thomas Bakewell
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D26975

D26978

John Selden

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D26978

D16809

John Selden

by Johann Bocklin
line engraving, early 18th century
NPG D16809

D20201

John Selden

by George Vertue, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, 1725
NPG D20201

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English Medals

after Unknown artist
etching, possibly late 18th century
NPG D28618

D5932

John Selden

by Robert Hart, published by William Somerville Orr & Co, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple and line engraving, published 1835
NPG D5932

D5933

John Selden

by Robert Hart, published by Charles Knight, after Sir Peter Lely
stipple and line engraving, published 1835
NPG D5933

D16811

John Selden

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1683
NPG D16811

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John Selden

by George Vertue, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, 1725
NPG D40641