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Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron

18 of 18 portraits on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, by Unknown artist, circa 1650 - NPG 5284 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron

by Unknown artist
lead bust, circa 1650
24 1/2 in. (622 mm) high
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG 5284


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Appointed Lord General of the New Model Army, Fairfax owed this position to his contribution to the victory at Marston Moor (1644) and to his detachment from political controversy. He first led the army to victory at Naseby in 1645. Extremism alarmed him and he refused to serve on the court which tried the King or to lead the army into Scotland in 1650. In retirement until 1660, he supported Monck on his march to London to demand a free parliament and was one of those who went to the Hague to greet Charles II shortly before the Restoration.

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