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William Russell, Lord Russell

(1639-1683), Politician; MP for Tavistock and Bedfordshire

Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Russell was the grandson of the disgraced Earl and Countess of Somerset, who had scandalised the Jacobean Court. He was a Whig politician, known as 'The Patriot', who defended religious nonconformity, a limited monarchy and the right of resistance. He feared that if James, then Duke of York, became king he would overturn parliamentary power with policies promoting France, Catholicism and absolutism. He supported the Exclusion Bill which attempted to remove James from the order of succession. Russell maintained his innocence of involvement in the Rye House Plot but was found guilty of treason and executed.

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William Russell, Lord Russell, attributed to Thomas Flatman - NPG 6278

William Russell, Lord Russell

attributed to Thomas Flatman
watercolour on vellum, circa 1675
NPG 6278

Unknown man, formerly known as William Russell, Lord Russell, possibly after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 202

Unknown man, formerly known as William Russell, Lord Russell

possibly after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, based on a work of circa 1680
NPG 202

Politicians in the reign of King Charles II, by and sold by John Savage - NPG D29502

Politicians in the reign of King Charles II

by and sold by John Savage
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29502

William Russell, Lord Russell, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D18910

William Russell, Lord Russell

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (circa 1680-1683)
NPG D18910

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29410

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1683
NPG D29410

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39934

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1683
NPG D39934

William Russell, Lord Russell, published by Edward Cooper, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11976

William Russell, Lord Russell

published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1683
NPG D11976

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D18703

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1683
NPG D18703

William Russell, Lord Russell, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D8470

William Russell, Lord Russell

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D8470

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Bernard Picart (Picard), after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29412

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Bernard Picart (Picard), after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1724
NPG D29412

William Russell, Lord Russell, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29416

William Russell, Lord Russell

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, mid to late 18th century
NPG D29416

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29411

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D29411

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39932

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D39932

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D39933

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1739
NPG D39933

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Charles Grignion, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29413

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Charles Grignion, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1757
NPG D29413

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Thomas Cook, published by  George Kearsley, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D29414

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Thomas Cook, published by George Kearsley, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1775
NPG D29414

William Russell, Lord Russell, published by Henry Delahoy Symonds - NPG D39941

William Russell, Lord Russell

published by Henry Delahoy Symonds
line engraving, published 22 May 1796
NPG D39941

'Lord W. Russel's last interview with his family', by George Noble, published by  Robert Bowyer, after  Robert Smirke - NPG D5858

'Lord W. Russel's last interview with his family'

by George Noble, published by Robert Bowyer, after Robert Smirke
line engraving, published 5 October 1796
NPG D5858

William Russell, Lord Russell taking leave of Lady Russell & Children on the day of his Execution, by Charles Knight, published by  J. Deeley, after  Thomas Stothard - NPG D39936

William Russell, Lord Russell taking leave of Lady Russell & Children on the day of his Execution

by Charles Knight, published by J. Deeley, after Thomas Stothard
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1 March 1809
NPG D39936

William Russell, Lord Russell, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17675

William Russell, Lord Russell

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pen and ink, 1811
NPG D17675

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