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Sir Edmund Verney (1590-1642), Soldier

Sitter in 4 portraits
Although he disapproved of and voted against the policies of Charles I, Verney's personal loyalty to the King was such that he fought for the Royalist side in the Civil War. His family was divided, as his eldest son supported Parliament. Appointed standard-bearer, Verney killed sixteen Parliamentarians at the Battle of Edgehill before meeting his own death. According to legend, his hand was later found still grasping the standard, but his body was never recovered.

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Sir Edmund Verney

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L202


Sir Edmund Verney

by John Bulfinch
ink and gouache, mid 17th century
NPG D27045


Sir Edmund Verney

by Rivers
stipple engraving, published 1816
NPG D27046