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William Lenthall

(1591-1662), Speaker of the House of Commons

Sitter in 9 portraits
Trained in the law, he was chosen as Speaker of the House at the beginning of the Long Parliament in November 1640. During the civil wars, he sided with Parliament. He continued as Speaker in the first Parliament held under Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate in 1654, and after the collapse of the Protectorate in 1659, he was Speaker of the restored Long Parliament. Although he supported the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660, he was thereafter barred from public office. He regained royal favour by testifying against a man accused of participating in the trial and execution of Charles I in 1649.

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William Lenthall, by Unknown artist - NPG 12

William Lenthall

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, after 1643
NPG 12

William Lenthall, by Samuel Cooper - NPG 2766

William Lenthall

by Samuel Cooper
watercolour on vellum, 1652
NPG 2766

William Lenthall, after Unknown artist - NPG D29840

William Lenthall

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D29840

William Lenthall, by Elizabeth Bridgetta Gulston (née Stepney) - NPG D13910

William Lenthall

by Elizabeth Bridgetta Gulston (née Stepney)
etching, late 18th century
NPG D13910

Oliver Cromwell and Charles II with their supporters, printed by H. Reynell - NPG D32633

Oliver Cromwell and Charles II with their supporters

printed by H. Reynell
woodcut, late 18th or early 19th century
NPG D32633

Oliver Cromwell dissolving the Long Parliament, by John Hall, after  Benjamin West - NPG D34360

Oliver Cromwell dissolving the Long Parliament

by John Hall, after Benjamin West
line engraving, published 1789 (1783)
NPG D34360

William Lenthall, by R. Cooper - NPG D29839

William Lenthall

by R. Cooper
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D29839

William Lenthall, attributed to Thomas Athow, after  Henry Peart the Elder - NPG D23265

William Lenthall

attributed to Thomas Athow, after Henry Peart the Elder
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D23265

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