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After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856)

'Lord Strafford' 1857-58

Albumen print? | RCIN 2160764

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Photograph of a painting by Paul Delaroche, created in 1835 and first shown at the Paris salon of 1837. Probably inspired by a scene from Alfred de Vigny’s novel Cinq-Mars describing the execution of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford (1593-1641), the work depicts Strafford's final moments outside a cell in the Tower of London. He is shown genuflecting facing towards the cell’s iron-grilled window. The hands of his fellow-prisoner, Archbishop Laud (1573-1645), can be seen blessing Strafford through the window’s bars. A guard awaits in the foreground, to the left, whilst three men sand in the background, to the right.

  • Creator(s)

    After Hippolyte Paul Delaroche (1797-1856) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Subject(s)
    Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford (1593-1641)
    William Laud (1573-1648)
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs
    Subject(s)
    • Places
      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • Tower of London