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Laud was Bishop of London and briefly Bishop of Bath and Wells before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury. He was born at Reading, where his parents were clothiers. He was a capable man and the turbulent political and religious events which ended in Civil War and the execution of Charles I prevented him from achieving much for the Church of England. He had attempted to enforce liturgical uniformity by imposing a Book of Common Prayer and Anglican practice, but this provoked a strong Puritan reaction.
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
oil on canvas
H 125 x W 99 cm
possibly acquired, 1827–1829