Wenceslaus Hollar

Trial of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford

Trial of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Popularly known as ‘Black Tom Tyrant’, Strafford was

a close ally of Charles I during the 1630s. Having

attempted to prosecute him for treason, in May 1641

Parliament passed an act of attainder convicting

Strafford and sentencing him to death – to which the

king reluctantly agreed.

Hollar’s print of the trial shows Strafford (V) defending

himself against the charges. The king (A) and queen (C)

look on while Hollar’s patron, the Earl of Arundel (E),

manages the proceedings.

Trial of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford
Production date
etching and engraving
302 x 335 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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Other ID
551 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
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International Art
Display status
Not on display

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