2 of 17 portraits of Henry Ireton
copy attributed to Robert Walker, after Samuel Cooper, and Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1650
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Henry Ireton (1611-1651), Parliamentary general. Sitter associated with 17 portraits.
Artistsback to top
- Samuel Cooper (1609-1672), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 111 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1024 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
- Robert Walker (1599-1658), Painter. Artist associated with 141 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
The head of Ireton is based on a miniature by Samuel Cooper; the body is a standard van Dyck pattern.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Foskett, Daphne, Samuel Cooper, 1974 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 March - 15 June 1974), p. 18
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 327
Events of 1650back to top
Current affairsExiled Charles, Prince of Wales, holds negotiations in the Netherlands, with the Scottish Parliament to secure an alliance. Despite misgivings on both sides, and pressure from the Scots for Charles to sign the covenants, the treaty of Breda is agreed.
Oliver Cromwell defeats the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar.
Art and sciencePoet and politician, Andrew Marvell, composes his greatest political poem, Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland. Marvell become Oliver Cromwell's unofficial poet laureate during the Protectorate.
InternationalWilliam, The Prince of Orange, grandson of Charles I, is born assuming the title from the moment of birth. Forty years later, he would become William III of England.
General-at-Sea, Robert Blake is dispatched to Portugal to prevent attacks on Commonwealth merchant shipping from royalist, Prince Rupert, based in Lisbon.
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