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Richard Penderel (circa 1606-1672), Royalist and farmer
Sitter in 7 portraits
Richard Penderel was a woodcutter and came from a Catholic family of farmers. In September 1651, King Charles II had escaped after being defeated at the Battle of Worcester. On his arrival at White Ladies Priory, Penderel, who lived nearby, was summoned to attend the king. He disguised him by cutting his hair and giving him some of his own clothes to wear. Penderel then hid the king in a wood, Spring Coppice, for a day, took him to his home for a meal, and accompanied him on his escape to Moseley Hall near Wolverhampton. After the Restoration, Charles rewarded Penderel with a pension of £200.
by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, 1660s?