Portrait, traditionally said to be Mrs Lucy Hutchinson, 1643 (c)

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Portrait, traditionally said to be Mrs Lucy Hutchinson, 1643 (c)
4 0 c m
 
35cm
actual image size: 27cm x 32cm

Portrait, traditionally said to be Mrs Lucy Hutchinson, 1643 (c).

Oil on canvas, attributed to John Souch of Chester (1593 (c)-1645).

Lucy Hutchinson was the wife of Colonel John Hutchinson, a regicide: one of the 59 Commissioners who signed the death warrant of King Charles I in 1649.

Lucy Hutchinson was a remarkable woman. She was well educated, which was unusual for women in the early 1600s. Devoted to her husband, she used her family connections to campaign for a lenient sentence for him. Following his death, Lucy felt her husband's name needed to be cleared: the biography she wrote to explain his behaviour, 'Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson', was one of the first to be written by a woman. It was not published until 1806, but its success and significance have meant that, today, she is better known to historians than her husband.

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