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Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

(1641-1711), Politician; MP for several constituencies and writer

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 15 portraits
An influential statesman who served under Charles II, James II, William III and Queen Anne. The son of statesman Edward Hyde, he entered Parliament in 1660 and was Master of the Robes from 1662 to 1675. In 1679, he was made First Lord of the Treasury and a Privy Councillor. He later served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Hyde helped defeat Whig efforts (1678-81) to exclude from the succession the Catholic James, Duke of York (later King James II), whose first wife had been Hyde's sister Anne. In 1681, he negotiated a secret French subsidy that enabled Charles II to remain independent. Hyde was created a viscount in 1681 and an earl the following year.

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Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Robert White, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D46332

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Robert White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1680s-1690s
NPG D46332

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Isaac Beckett, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30818

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Isaac Beckett, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D30818

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11659

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1681-1688
NPG D11659

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Robert Williams, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D11962

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Robert Williams, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, (circa 1685-1687)
NPG D11962

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30820

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D30820

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30817

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D30817

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39820

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D39820

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39821

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1741
NPG D39821

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Guillaume Philippe Benoist, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30838

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Guillaume Philippe Benoist, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1757
NPG D30838

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Robert Dunkarton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30819

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Robert Dunkarton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, published 1815
NPG D30819

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Robert Dunkarton, published by  Samuel Woodburn, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D14124

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Robert Dunkarton, published by Samuel Woodburn, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, published 1815 (circa 1685-1687)
NPG D14124

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Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Robert Williams, published by Edward Cooper, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, (circa 1685-1687)
NPG D19118

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Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1741 (1741)
NPG D42921

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