Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford(1593-1641), Statesman
Sitter associated with 109 portraits
A powerful statesman, Strafford initially supported Parliament but was won over by Charles I. As President of the Council of the North (1628), and Lord-Deputy of Ireland (1632), he established a reputation for vigorous and efficient administration. As chief adviser to the King, 1639-41, he urged strong measures to control Parliament and obtain funds for a war against the Scots. Seen as a threat to Parliament, a bill of attainder was passed against him and the King reluctantly agreed to his execution. It was a political and moral blunder for which Charles never forgave himself.
by William Faithorne, published by Sir Robert Peake, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, early 1640s (circa 1635-1637)
by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, circa 1650-1675