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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (1593-1641), Statesman

Sitter associated with 108 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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King Charles I and his supporters

by Unknown artist
line engraving, early 18th century
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford; Sir Philip Mainwaring

by George Vertue, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, 1739 (circa 1636)
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1740 (1632-1633)
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1740 (1632-1633)
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1740 (1632-1633)
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
line engraving, published 1740 (1632-1633)
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

by John Samuel Agar, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 31 October 1816
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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford going to execution

by George Sanders, printed by S.H. Hawkins, after Paul Delaroche
mezzotint, mid 19th century
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