Sir Thomas Wentworth, First Earl of Strafford

John Hoskins, the Elderc. 1640

New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, United States

Thomas Wentworth, First Earl of Strafford, was an English statesman and critical advisor to King Charles I (1600–1649). The artist John Hoskins was honored with a lifelong appointment as painter to Charles I. Wentworth believed in a benevolent and efficient English government ruled by the authority of a king, and as an advisor he was known for ruthless ambition.

He advocated for war with Scotland in response to a revolt, and continuously sought to consolidate power on behalf of the king’s sovereignty. Wentworth’s ambitions led to charges of treason, and he was ordered executed by the English Parliament in 1641.


  • Title: Sir Thomas Wentworth, First Earl of Strafford
  • Creator: John Hoskins, the Elder
  • Creator Lifespan: c. 1590-1665
  • Creator Nationality: English
  • Date Created: c. 1640
  • Location Created: England
  • Physical Dimensions: oval: 2 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.
  • Type: Portrait Miniatures
  • Medium: Watercolor on parchment, frame with gold, enamel and pearls
  • Credit Line: The Latter-Schlesinger Collection, Gift of Shirley Latter Kaufmann in memory of Harry and Anna Latter
  • Accession Number: 74.344

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