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Thomas Killigrew

(1612-1683), Dramatist and courtier

Sitter in 15 portraits
The son of a courtier of James I, Killigrew became a page to King Charles I at about the age of thirteen. Before the English civil war, he wrote several plays including his most popular work, The Parson's Wedding (1637). A Royalist, in 1647 he followed Prince Charles into exile and travelled around Europe with him. At the Restoration in 1660, Charles rewarded his loyalty by making him Groom of the Bedchamber. He was given a royal warrant in 1660 to form a theatre company, which gave him a key role in the revival of English drama at that time. His company performed many of Shakespeare's works, in rewritten forms that were popular at the time but disparaged later.

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Thomas Killigrew, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 892

Thomas Killigrew

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1635)
NPG 892

Thomas Killigrew, by William Sheppard - NPG 3795

Thomas Killigrew

by William Sheppard
oil on canvas, 1650
On display at Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley
NPG 3795

Thomas Killigrew, by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after  William Sheppard - NPG D3490

Thomas Killigrew

by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after William Sheppard
stipple engraving, (1650)
NPG D3490

Thomas Killigrew, by William Faithorne, after  William Sheppard - NPG D22824

Thomas Killigrew

by William Faithorne, after William Sheppard
line engraving, published 1664 (1650)
NPG D22824

Thomas Killigrew, by William Faithorne, after  William Sheppard - NPG D22825

Thomas Killigrew

by William Faithorne, after William Sheppard
line engraving, published 1664 (1650)
NPG D22825

Thomas Killigrew, by William Faithorne, after  William Sheppard - NPG D22826

Thomas Killigrew

by William Faithorne, after William Sheppard
line engraving, published 1664 (1650)
NPG D22826

Thomas Killigrew, by William Faithorne, after  William Sheppard - NPG D22827

Thomas Killigrew

by William Faithorne, after William Sheppard
line engraving, published 1664 (1650)
NPG D22827

Thomas Killigrew, by William Faithorne, after  William Sheppard - NPG D30004

Thomas Killigrew

by William Faithorne, after William Sheppard
line engraving, published 1664
NPG D30004

Thomas Killigrew, by William Faithorne, after  William Sheppard - NPG D19236

Thomas Killigrew

by William Faithorne, after William Sheppard
line engraving, published 1664 (1650)
NPG D19236

Thomas Killigrew, by John Collins - NPG D30008

Thomas Killigrew

by John Collins
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D30008

Thomas Killigrew, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove - NPG D30009

Thomas Killigrew

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D30009

Thomas Killigrew, by Jan van der Vaart, published by  John Smith, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D11949

Thomas Killigrew

by Jan van der Vaart, published by John Smith, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, circa 1674-1686
NPG D11949

Thomas Killigrew, by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after  William Sheppard - NPG D30005

Thomas Killigrew

by Ignatius Joseph van den Berghe, after William Sheppard
stipple engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30005

Thomas Killigrew, by Edward Scriven, after  William Sheppard - NPG D30006

Thomas Killigrew

by Edward Scriven, after William Sheppard
stipple engraving, published 1810
NPG D30006

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Thomas Killigrew

after William Sheppard
pencil, (1650)
NPG D3518

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