Wenceslaus Hollar

Execution of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford

Execution of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford by Wenceslaus Hollar

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Strafford’s fall undermined the king’s position and

encouraged those who had opposed the monarch’s

personal rule of the preceding years. The public revelled

in the unpopular earl’s demise and gathered in large

numbers to watch the spectacle of his execution on

Tower Hill in London.

Hollar almost never recorded scenes of violence,

but this image would have been a popular record of

an important political event. As with the Trial, it was

published again in Frankfurt with German inscriptions.

Execution of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford
Wenceslaus Hollar
Production date
265 x 340 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
Other ID
552 Pennington Catalogue Raisonné
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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