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.
after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
oil on canvas, after 1635
possibly after George Glover, published by John Thane
line engraving, early 19th century
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