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Samuel Cooper
LONDON 1609 - 1672
PORTRAIT OF SIR WILLIAM FAIRFAX (1609-1644)
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum;
signed lower left: SC; early 18th century gold frame, the reverse finely engraved with sitter's monogram
45 by 37 mm
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Provenance

The Fairfax family, Bilborough and Steeton;
sale, London, Christie's, 21 April 1998, lot 16,
where acquired by Bernadette and William M.B. Berger, Denver, Colorado

Catalogue Note

William Fairfax was knighted by Charles I at Whitehall in June 1630. Despite this, at the outbreak of the civil war in 1642, he joined the parliamentary forces. He fought in a number of key battles, including at Edgehill and Marston Moor, until he was mortally wounded in September 1644, at Montgomery Castle in central Wales. He died the following day and his widow ‘grieved not that he died in the cause, but that he died so soon that he could do no more for it.’1

1. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Sir William Fairfax, on-line edition

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