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Sir Arthur Hesilrige

(1601-1661), Statesman and parliamentarian

Sitter in 4 portraits
Colonel Sir Arthur Hesilrige was a powerful Republican politician and distinguished soldier. He was one of the five Members of Parliament who, warned of Charles I's intention to impeach them, fled the House of Commons on 3 January 1642; this was a key moment in the breakdown of the King's authority. In the war Hesilrige commanded a cavalry regiment known as the 'lobsters' on account of their old fashioned full armour. At the Restoration his life was saved because he had refused to sign Charles I's death warrant, but he was committed to the Tower of London, where he died shortly afterwards.

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Sir Arthur Hesilrige, by Unknown artist - NPG 6440

Sir Arthur Hesilrige

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1650
NPG 6440

Sir Arthur Hesilrige, possibly by R. Grave - NPG D28931

Sir Arthur Hesilrige

possibly by R. Grave
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28931

Sir Arthur Hesilrige, by R. Grave - NPG D28932

Sir Arthur Hesilrige

by R. Grave
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D28932

Sir Arthur Hesilrige, by R. Grave, after  Unknown artist - NPG D3330

Sir Arthur Hesilrige

by R. Grave, after Unknown artist
line engraving, early-mid 19th century (1640)
NPG D3330


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