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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, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16302

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1656 (circa 1636)
NPG D16302

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16303

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1656 (circa 1636)
NPG D16303

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, published by Balthasar Moncornet, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16304

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

published by Balthasar Moncornet, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1656 (circa 1636)
NPG D16304

King Charles I and his adherents, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, and after  Unknown artists - NPG D22672

King Charles I and his adherents

after Sir Anthony van Dyck, and after Unknown artists
line engraving, 1660s
NPG D22672

King Charles I and his adherents, published by Samuel Speed, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck, and after  Unknown artists - NPG D22673

King Charles I and his adherents

published by Samuel Speed, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, and after Unknown artists
line engraving, published circa 1663-1669
NPG D22673

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Alexander Browne, sold by  Edward Cooper, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26596

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Alexander Browne, sold by Edward Cooper, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D26596

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Robert White, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26599

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1680
NPG D26599

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Robert White, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26600

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1680
NPG D26600

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, sold by Alexander Browne, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D6873

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

sold by Alexander Browne, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684 (1636)
NPG D6873

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Robert White, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11061

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1680 (circa 1636)
NPG D11061

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, sold by Alexander Browne, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D11414

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

sold by Alexander Browne, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1680-1684 (1636)
NPG D11414

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Robert White, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16296

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1680 (circa 1636)
NPG D16296

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Robert White, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16297

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1680 (circa 1636)
NPG D16297

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Robert White, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16298

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Robert White, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1680 (circa 1636)
NPG D16298

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, printed and sold by Philip Overton, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D13682

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

printed and sold by Philip Overton, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1684 (1636)
NPG D13682

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Charles Louis Simonneau (Simoneau), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26607

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Charles Louis Simonneau (Simoneau), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1697
NPG D26607

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, by Charles Louis Simonneau (Simoneau), after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D16344

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Charles Louis Simonneau (Simoneau), after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1697 (circa 1636)
NPG D16344

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D26608

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D26608

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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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