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Thomas Wentworth Earl Strafford portrait engraving Van Dyck

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Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford


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Original antique portrait print


Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (1593-1641)was a powerful statesman. He initially supported Parliament but was won over by Charles I. As President of the Council of the North (1628), and Lord-Deputy of Ireland (1632), he established a reputation for vigorous and efficient administration. As chief advisor to the King, 1639-41, he urged strong measures to control Parliament and obtain funds for a war against the Scots. Seen as a threat to Parliament, a bill of attainder was passed against him and the King reluctantly agreed to his execution. It was a political and moral blunder for which Charles never forgave himself.

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artist R Cooper after Van Dyke
method Steel-engraving
date 1823
size 260mm by 180mm (sheet)
SKU PT1807