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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, (circa 1633) - NPG 1077 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1633)
50 1/2 in. x 40 in. (1283 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1077

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  • Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1006 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.

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This is a copy of Van Dyck's portrait of the Earl of Strafford, who was described by Charles I as a man 'a prince would be afraid of rather than ashamed of'. As Lord Deputy of Ireland he was ruthlessly efficient and high-handed, but, as modern scholarship emphasises, he struck out at the wayward over-mighty subject rather than the ordinary man. At the crisis of 1640 he returned to England, and thinking that 'it was far safer, that the King should increase in Power, than that the People should gain an advantage on the King', urged Charles to adopt strong measures. Executed by the Parliamentarians in 1641, he is shown in this portrait as Lord Deputy stroking the head of an Irish wolfhound.

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  • NPG 2960: Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (based on same portrait)

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