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Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron

by William Faithorne, published by Thomas Rowlett, after Robert Walker
line engraving, circa 1646
11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (285 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D23410

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Artistsback to top

  • William Faithorne (circa 1620-1691), Engraver and draughtsman. Artist associated with 720 portraits, Sitter associated with 4 portraits.
  • Thomas Rowlett (active 1636-died 1652), Publisher. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
  • Robert Walker (1599-1658), Painter. Artist associated with 143 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 3624: Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron (from same plate)
  • NPG D22731: Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron (from same plate)

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Current affairs

First civil war ends. Under Thomas Fairfax, Commander-in-Chief, Parliamentarians defeat Royalist armies in the last major conflicts of the war, the Battles of Torrington and Stow-on-the-Wold. The subsequent fall of Royalist Oxford forces Charles I to flee and he surrenders himself to the Scots at Newark.

Art and science

Portrait painter, William Dobson, returns to London after the defeat of the king and is briefly imprisoned for debt. He dies in poverty aged thirty-five.

International

Instructed by Charles I, James Butler, Marquess of Ormonde resumes negotiations with the Irish Confederates attempting to raise troops for the royalist cause. The resulting First Ormonde Peace, though publicly proclaimed, is eventually rejected by the Confederates on account of papal ambassador, Archbishop Rinuccini's considerable influence.

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