The Pourtraicture of his Excellency S:r Thomas FarfaxGenerall of all the English forces for the Service of ye: two houses of Parliament.
Engraving, before publisher's address, sheet 285 x 195mm. 11¼ x 7¾". Trimmed to plate.
Portrait of Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax (1612 - 1671), half length in oval frame, wearing collar and armour. Perhaps the most accomplished Parliamentarian officer, Fairfax was appointed Lord General of the New Model Army after his victory at Marston Moor, 1644. His decisive string of victories, beginning with the battle of Naseby in 1645, won the Civil War for Parliament. Extremism alarmed him and he refused to serve on the court which tried the King or to lead the army into Scotland in 1650. He retired from public life until 1660, when he supported General Monck's march to London to demand a free parliament and was one of those who went to the Hague to greet Charles II before his Restoration to the throne. By William Faithorne (c.1620 - 1691). Faithorne served in the Royalist army during the Civil War until he was captured in October 1645 at the end of the two year siege of Basing House. After Robert Walker (1595? - 1659?), follower of van Dyck and favoured portraitist of the Parliamentarians; he painted many leaders during the 1640s and 1650s.
Ex Collection: R. Hobson of Hove. Fagan p.35, ii of v.
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