Thomas FairfaixGeneral du Parlement
Engraving with very large margins, platemark approx 305 x 190mm (12 x 7½").
Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax (1612 - 1671), 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. Plate from Isaac de Larrey's 'Histoire d'Angleterre' (1697-1713). The portrait derives from a painting by Robert Walker engraved in the 17th century by Faithorne, but the design is by Adriaen van der Werff (1659-1722), acclaimed as the most important Dutch Master during his lifetime, although his reputation declined from the late 18th century onwards.
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