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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

(1616-1700), Soldier and Privy Counsellor

Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 17 portraits
During the Civil War, William Russell changed sides twice. After the Restoration in 1660, he disagreed with the new King as well. In 1683 he could not prevent his son and heir, Lord William Russell, from being executed for his involvement in the Rye House plot - a failed attempt to assassinate Charles II and his brother the Duke of York. Russell then retired from politics, but he again rose to prominence under William and Mary, who awarded him a Dukedom. He died aged eighty-four, having lived through four different monarchies and a republic.

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Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford and William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by George Glover, published by  John Hinde - NPG D28196

Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford and William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by George Glover, published by John Hinde
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28196

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by George Glover, published by  John Hinde - NPG D28203

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by George Glover, published by John Hinde
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28203

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by George Glover, published by  Peter Stent - NPG D19960

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by George Glover, published by Peter Stent
engraving, published circa 1643-1667
NPG D19960

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Robert Williams, published by  John Smith, after  Edward Lutterell (Luttrell) - NPG D11569

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Robert Williams, published by John Smith, after Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
mezzotint, circa 1698-1704 (1698)
NPG D11569

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, after Unknown artist - NPG D28204

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D28204

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D31613

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D31613

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28201

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D28201

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Charles Picart, after  Robert William Satchwell, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D31614

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Charles Picart, after Robert William Satchwell, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D31614

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Charles Picart, after  Robert William Satchwell, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D31615

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Charles Picart, after Robert William Satchwell, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D31615

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Charles Picart, after  Robert William Satchwell, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D28202

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Charles Picart, after Robert William Satchwell, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D28202

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Henry Bone, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D17200

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Henry Bone, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, May 1820
NPG D17200

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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Robert Williams, published by John Smith, after Edward Lutterell (Luttrell)
mezzotint, circa 1698-1704 (1698)
NPG D20073

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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42892

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William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D42905

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