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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

(1593-1641), Statesman

Sitter associated with 109 portraits
A powerful statesman, Strafford initially supported Parliament but was won over by Charles I. As President of the Council of the North (1628), and Lord-Deputy of Ireland (1632), he established a reputation for vigorous and efficient administration. As chief adviser to the King, 1639-41, he urged strong measures to control Parliament and obtain funds for a war against the Scots. Seen as a threat to Parliament, a bill of attainder was passed against him and the King reluctantly agreed to his execution. It was a political and moral blunder for which Charles never forgave himself.

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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Unknown artist - NPG 6271

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Unknown artist
watercolour on vellum
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6271

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 1077

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1633)
NPG 1077

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 2960

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1633)
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 2960

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 4531

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1636
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4531

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, possibly by Richard Gaywood, published by  Peter Stent - NPG D26598

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

possibly by Richard Gaywood, published by Peter Stent
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26598

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D26601

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26601

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D26602

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D26602

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by George Glover, after  Unknown artist - NPG D16289

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by George Glover, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1630s-1640s
NPG D16289

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by George Glover, after  Unknown artist - NPG D16291

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by George Glover, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1630s-1640s
NPG D16291

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by George Glover, after  Unknown artist - NPG D16290

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by George Glover, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1630s-1640s
NPG D16290

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Frederick Atkinson, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16340

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Frederick Atkinson, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching, (circa 1636)
NPG D16340

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Frederick Atkinson, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16341

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Frederick Atkinson, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching, (circa 1636)
NPG D16341

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16308

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, (circa 1636)
NPG D16308

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16309

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, (circa 1636)
NPG D16309

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16310

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, (circa 1636)
NPG D16310

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Landon, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16331

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Landon, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
etching, (circa 1636)
NPG D16331

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16334

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, (circa 1636)
NPG D16334

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG D16335

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, (circa 1636)
NPG D16335

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Laurie Pettitt

28 February 2017, 20:12

Wentworth used to order Portraits in Quantity. It must have been like the hole in the board in which you put your face at the seaside. He was certain of whom he wanted them sent to and even more certain to let the Artist know not to charge too much.
You need to read his Letters, in the Wentworth Papers to see the man behind the scowl. He Kept a full table in Ireland and at Home. The other papers to read vare those of George Radcliffe. The most touching was Strafford begging Gentle George NOT to visit him in the Tower because it woulld break Strafford's heart to see his old friend walk away. Wentworth also put a different 'spin' on the Killing of the Duke of Buckingham. Wentwort says that the Duke was approached the day before his death by a Sailor asking for his pay from one of Buckingham's fiascos. Buchingham kicked the man to the ground and killed him. The following day, Fenton approached Buckingham telling him that they had not been paid for their trip. Buckingham then tried the same tactics with Fenton and Fenton put Britain out of Buckingham's mysery. As a famous Corporal once said "They don't like it up them, Mr Mannering!"
Lord Capel deeply regretted allowing himself to be bullied in the Attainder of Strafford and King Charles learnt nothing from Strafford in Honesty or Honour. Charles was a King who deserved NONE of the sacrifices made for him.

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