Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683), Statesman
Sitter associated with 19 portraits
In the Civil War Ashley-Cooper had fought first for Charles I and then for Parliament, but at the Restoration Charles II pardoned him, and he became an influential politician. A member of the Cabal ministry, he was created Earl of Shaftesbury and appointed Lord Chancellor in 1672. He favoured the claim of the Duke of Monmouth to the throne in the place of the Catholic James, Duke of York, and gained political ground briefly in the wake of the 'Popish plot' (1679-81), but he fell from favour so dramatically that he was forced to flee to the Netherlands in 1682.
after Unknown artist
line engraving and letterpress, 1682
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery