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Lucy Hutchinson was a remarkable woman. She was well educated, which was most unusual for women in the early 1600s. Devoted to her husband, she used her family connections to campaign for a lenient sentence for him as a regicide, on the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. Following his death, Lucy felt her husband’s name needed to be cleared: the biography she wrote to explain his behaviour, ‘Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson’, was one of the first to be written by a woman.
oil on canvas
H 89 x W 77 cm (E)
purchased at Sotheby’s, 2006