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John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

(1584-1660), Speaker of the House of Commons

Sitter associated with 9 portraits
John Finch, 1st Baron Finch, was descended from a prominent legal family and was called to the Bar to practice law in 1611. He was elected to Parliament as MP for Canterbury in 1614. In 1625 Finch attracted the notice of King Charles I, when Charles visited Canterbury and was received in the city with an address by Finch. The following year he was knighted and appointed as King's Counsel and Attorney General. Finch was elected Speaker in 1628. The post was short-lived however, as Parliament was dissolved by the king in 1629.

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John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, formerly known as Sir Nicholas Hyde, after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen) - NPG 461

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, formerly known as Sir Nicholas Hyde

after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
oil on canvas, after 1635
NPG 461

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 2125

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

possibly after Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1640
NPG 2125

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Edward Bower - NPG D26940

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Edward Bower
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D26940

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Edward Bower - NPG D46199

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Edward Bower
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D46199

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, by George Vertue, possibly after  Edward Bower - NPG D26941

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

by George Vertue, possibly after Edward Bower
line engraving, circa 1713
NPG D26941

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, by Guillaume Philippe Benoist - NPG D26939

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

by Guillaume Philippe Benoist
line engraving, 1757
NPG D26939

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, published by John Thane, after  George Glover - NPG D46200

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

published by John Thane, after George Glover
etching and line engraving, late 18th-early 19th century
NPG D46200

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich and Sir Francis Windebank, possibly after George Glover, published by  John Thane - NPG D26905

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich and Sir Francis Windebank

possibly after George Glover, published by John Thane
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26905

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich, attributed to Thomas Athow, after  Unknown artist, probably after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG D23263

John Finch, Lord Finch of Fordwich

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Unknown artist, probably after Sir Anthony van Dyck
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D23263

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