Henry Ireton(1611-1651), Parliamentary general
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
A leading Parliamentarian and an austere Puritan, Ireton was one of Cromwell's ablest supporters, noted for his powers of leadership and for his political integrity. He married Bridget, Cromwell's daughter, in 1646. Noted for his strong leadership and political integrity, he strove to formulate an acceptable constitution which would restore Charles I with reduced power until, tired of the King's apparent duplicity, he became one of the leading advocates for his execution. As Lord Deputy in Ireland from 1650, he followed up Cromwell's ruthless campaign there with a brutal policy of deliberate mass starvation.
printed by H. Reynell
woodcut, late 18th or early 19th century
Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs
Test your memory by playing our matching pairs game. Three levels of difficulty make it fun for the whole family.
Regency familiar faces
Rearrange tiles to uncover sitters from the Gallery's Collection by playing our puzzle game.
Who do you think you were?
Answer a few lifestyle questions about the elizabethan period and discover your inner Elizabethan!