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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.
by George Vertue, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, 1739 (circa 1636)
by George Sanders, printed by S.H. Hawkins, after Paul Delaroche
mezzotint, mid 19th century