The Trial of Strafford

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The Trial of Strafford

This painting by Thomas Alfred Woolnoth (1785-1857) is believed to date from around 1844. Principally a portrait painter and engraver, Woolnoth was admired for his plates which reproduced the work of Correggio and Van Dyck and  also served as an Engraver in Ordinary to Queen Victoria. The painting was donated to the collection by Louth Town Council and has undertaken considerable conservation.

The trial of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford took place in Westminster Hall between 22 March and 13 April 1641. Accused of high treason he was beheaded on Tower Hill on 12 May.  Woolnoth intended to create a dramatic and historically correct painting and includes the key characters from the trial.