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Guy Fawkes (1570-1606), Gunpowder plot conspirator

Sitter in 7 portraits
Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of Roman Catholic revolutionaries who planned to carry out the Gunpowder plot. Their aim was to kill the king and most of the Protestant aristocracy by blowing up the Houses of Parliament during the state opening on 5 November 1605. Fawkes was by profession a soldier, who had fought for the armies of Catholic Spain in the Netherlands. He was recruited by Robert Catesby, the lead figure in devising the plan, because of his military experience. The plot was foiled shortly before its intended completion, as Fawkes was captured while guarding the gunpowder. On discovery, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, tried for treason and executed.

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The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
engraving, circa 1605
NPG 334a


The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators

by Heinrich Ulrich
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D28146


The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators

after Heinrich Ulrich
etching, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D28145


The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605

after Crispijn de Passe the Elder
photogravure, published 1902 (circa 1605)
NPG D42676