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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

(1621-1683), Statesman

Sitter in 20 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.

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, after John Greenhill - NPG 3893

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

after John Greenhill
oil on canvas, (circa 1672-1673)
On display in Room 7 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3893

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by  John Smith, after  John Greenhill - NPG D11961

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Smith, after John Greenhill
mezzotint, (circa 1672-1673)
NPG D11961

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  John Greenhill - NPG D40659

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after John Greenhill
line engraving, 1673 (circa 1672-1673)
NPG D40659

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Wouter Binneman, after  John Greenhill - NPG D29841

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Wouter Binneman, after John Greenhill
line engraving, published 1678
NPG D29841

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Robert White, after  John Greenhill - NPG D16245

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Robert White, after John Greenhill
line engraving, published 1679 (circa 1672-1673)
NPG D16245

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Robert White, printed and sold by  John King, sold by  Robert White - NPG D11017

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Robert White, printed and sold by John King, sold by Robert White
line engraving, 1680
NPG D11017

Worthies of Britain, by Francis Kyte, published by  John Bowles - NPG D26773

Worthies of Britain

by Francis Kyte, published by John Bowles
mezzotint, early to mid 18th century
NPG D26773

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29851

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D29851

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29849

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D29849

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29850

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D29850

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, after Sir Peter Lely - NPG D29854

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D29854

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D40657

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D40657

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D40658

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D40658

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Bernard Baron, after  Samuel Cooper - NPG D16246

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Bernard Baron, after Samuel Cooper
line engraving, 1744
NPG D16246

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Guillaume Philippe Benoist - NPG D29852

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Guillaume Philippe Benoist
line engraving, published 1757
NPG D29852

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, by Robert Dunkarton, after  John Greenhill - NPG D29853

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Robert Dunkarton, after John Greenhill
mezzotint, early 19th century (circa 1672-1673)
NPG D29853

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Robert White, after John Greenhill
line engraving, published 1679 (circa 1672-1673)
NPG D19793

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Robert White
line engraving, 1680
NPG D19280

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, circa 1740
NPG D42895

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