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Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington (1618-1685), Politician; Lord Chamberlain

Sitter in 19 portraits
An important politician, Bennet was appointed Secretary of State at the Restoration, and led the opposition to the Earl of Clarendon in the Council. He later became the dominant figure in the so-called 'Cabal' ministry, and was privy to the secret part of the Treaty of Dover, made in 1670 between Charles II and Louis XIV. He was created Earl of Arlington and a Knight of the Garter in 1672, but was unpopular and perceived as a promoter of Catholicism and a schemer. He rapidly fell from prominence after 1674.

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1853

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1665-1670)
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1853

D29367

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), published by John Lloyd
mezzotint, late 17th century
NPG D29367

D29368

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, late 17th or early 18th century
NPG D29368

D16722

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, late 17th or early 18th century
NPG D16722

D29365

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D29365

D29370

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D29370

D19384

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D19384

D16720

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D16720

D16721

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D16721

D29371

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D29371

D16725

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D16725

D16726

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D16726

D29366

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1739
NPG D29366

D29369

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, 1739
NPG D29369

D19820

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D19820

D16723

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1757
NPG D16723

D16724

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1757
NPG D16724

D7352

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1789
NPG D7352

D7353

Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1789
NPG D7353