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Richard Neville

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A Berkshire landowner, Neville took command of the Royalist troops at the first Battle of Newbury after the Earl of Carnarvon had been killed, in 1643. He was wounded in action at Cropredy Bridge near Banbury in 1644. The carved relief behind Neville depicts Mercury (symbolising good counsel) and Mars (war). A Royalist cavalry charge is shown in the distance. The artist William Dobson, called 'the most excellent painter that England hath yet bred' by John Aubrey, is particularly known for his portraits of Royalist soldiers painted in Oxford during the Civil War.

National Portrait Gallery, London


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    114 x 91.4 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with help from the Art Fund and The Pilgrim Trust, 1981


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