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Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex (1631-1683), Soldier

Sitter in 12 portraits
Essex was one of the ablest statesmen under Charles II, serving as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1672-77, and First Lord of the Treasury, 1679. Fearing the prospect of a Catholic monarch, he became involved with attempts to exclude James, Duke of York from the succession and, more dangerously, with the schemes of the Duke of Monmouth. Betrayed and imprisoned in the Tower, he was found with his throat cut. Although his death was recorded as suicide, he was probably murdered.

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4759

The Capel Family

by Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4759

5461

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex; Elizabeth, Countess of Essex

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1660
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5461

D29502

Politicians in the reign of King Charles II

by and sold by John Savage
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29502

D29500

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Lloyd, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1682
NPG D29500

D29501

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1682
NPG D29501

D10944

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Lloyd, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1682
NPG D10944

D11956

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1682
NPG D11956

D13143

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Smith, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1682
NPG D13143

D13142

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Lloyd, after Sir Peter Lely
mezzotint, circa 1682
NPG D13142

D29507

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Bernard Picart (Picard), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published 1724
NPG D29507

D2315

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

by Bernard Picart (Picard), after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, 1724
NPG D2315