William Laud

1 portrait on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

William Laud, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck, (circa 1636) - NPG 171 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Laud

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1636)
48 1/2 in. x 37 in. (1232 mm x 940 mm)
Purchased, 1864
Primary Collection
NPG 171


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Sitterback to top

  • William Laud (1573-1645), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 61 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 998 portraits, Sitter associated with 29 portraits.

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The son of a Reading draper, Laud prospered under the patronage of the Duke of Buckingham and was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633. He supported the political and religious policies of Charles I and carried out Strafford's policy of 'Thorough' in ecclesiastical affairs, working for uniformity of doctrine and practice. His attempt to impose uniformity on the church provoked armed resistance in Scotland. Parliament impeached and imprisoned him in 1640-1 and he was beheaded in 1645.

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Linked publicationsback to top

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 366
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 52