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Strafford was the son of Sir William Wentworth, of Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham. This painting shows Sir Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford receiving his death warrant from Sir Philip Mainwairing. Strafford was appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and was the most able minister of King Charles I. Charles was an unpopular king with a more unpopular French catholic wife (Henrietta Maria). Parliament decided that Strafford should be tried for treason. They had no evidence against him but the King was forced to sign the death warrant believing his wife was in danger. This was the start of the English Civil War and for the next 18 years Britain was at war or was without a sovereign.
Diana and CallistoNational Trust, Kedleston Hall and Eastern Museum
Thomas, Lord Leigh of Stoneleigh (1594–1671)Lamport Hall
Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron FairfaxManchester Art Gallery
Sir Thomas Wentworth (1593–1641), Earl of Strafford and Sir Philip Mainwaring (1589–1661)
Charles II (1630–1685), King of Scots (1649–1685), King of England and Ireland (1660–1685), with James, Duke of York (1633–1701), Later James VII and II, and Princess Mary (1631–1660)National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), Flemish PainterTrinity College, University of Cambridge