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John Pym (1584-1643), Politician and one of the 'Five Members' whose arrest by Charles I sparked the Civil War

Sitter associated with 16 portraits
One of the most influential Parliamentarians, in 1628 Pym led the demand for a Petition of Right as a curb to Royal power. His own power and influence grew rapidly and he played a leading part in the impeachment and trial of Strafford in 1641. In the following year, the King offered him the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer in an unsuccessful attempt to secure his support. Later in the same year, however, Pym was one of the 'Five Members' who the King famously tried - and failed - to arrest in Parliament for treason. Pym oversaw the administration of the Parliamentarian war effort, being appointed Lieutenant -General of Ordnance in 1643, but died shortly afterwards of natural causes.

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6650

John Pym

by or after Edward Bower
oil on canvas, circa 1640
NPG 6650

1425

John Pym

after Edward Bower
woodcut, 1641
NPG 1425

D26910

John Pym

by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26910

D33401

John Pym

by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D33401

D26911

John Pym

after Edward Bower
woodcut, 1643
NPG D26911

D26915

John Pym

by George Glover, after Edward Bower
line engraving, 1644
NPG D26915

D33402

John Pym

by George Glover, published by Stephen Bowtell, after Edward Bower
line engraving, 1644
NPG D33402

D1315

John Pym

by George Glover, after Edward Bower
engraving, 1644
NPG D1315

D19042

John Pym

by George Glover, published by Stephen Bowtell, after Edward Bower
engraving, 1644
NPG D19042

D26913

John Pym

by Michael Vandergucht, after Edward Bower
line engraving, 1713
NPG D26913

D26914

John Pym

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D26914

D26912

John Pym

by Edward Francis Finden
stipple and line engraving, published 1831
NPG D26912

D19041

John Pym

by George Glover, after Edward Bower
engraving, 1644
NPG D19041

D40780

John Pym

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Unknown artist
line engraving, 1738
NPG D40780

D42894

John Pym

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42894

D40779

John Pym

by Unknown artist
line engraving, early-mid 19th century
NPG D40779

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