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Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford (1647?-1719), Lord Chancellor

Sitter in 10 portraits
Called to the Bar in 1677, Finch moved into politics two years later, and was appointed Solicitor General. Although loyal to the new king, James II, Finch also supported the anti-Catholic cause. In 1686, the king dismissed him as solicitor after he refused to pass a warrant appointing a Catholic to the mastership of an Oxford college. In 1688, he successfully defended the seven bishops who petitioned James against his Declaration of Indulgence. After James fled the country in 1688, Finch was consulted about the prevailing legal situation. He argued that the king's departure had not made the throne vacant, and recommended offering a regency rather than the crown to William and Mary.

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D29879

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
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D30927

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D30927

D30928

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D30928

D9287

The Bishops' Council

after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688 or after
NPG D9287

D11943

The Bishops' Council

possibly published by John Smith, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D11943

D29855

Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford

by Isaac Taylor, after Thomas Stothard
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D29855

D20235

The Bishops' Council

possibly published by John Smith, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1688
NPG D20235

D39937

The Trial of William Russell, Lord Russell 1683

by Sir George Hayter
etching, 1825
NPG D39937

D39938

Key to The Trial of William Russell, Lord Russell 1683

after Sir George Hayter
etching, (1825)
NPG D39938

D39939

Key to The Trial of William Russell, Lord Russell 1683

after Sir George Hayter
etching, (1825)
NPG D39939