Sir William Fairfax of Steenton

The cousin of the more famous Thomas Fairfax, Sir William also fought with distinction on the Parliament side during the war. Here he is painted, possibly by Edward Bower in an outrageous black taffeta scarf in front of his campaign tent, a typical battle scene in the background. He’s wearing a sleeved buffcoat and armour ready for war, but his accessories are just a bit too over the top for action. The picture hangs in the National Trust property Hatchlands, near Guildford.

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Look at the metallic threads in the ribbons decorating his grey breeches and the end of his scarf, not to mention the perfectly starched linen double-layered white boot hose and spotless boots.

 

 

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This detail shows clearly the thickness of leather in his buff coat and the gilding on the fixings of his armour. You can also see the butt joined seam on the coat sleeve.

 

 

 

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Plain gauntlets agreed, but spot the metallic fringes.

 

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And just outside the battle rages on. He’s not been near a battle in this get up. I’d put money on it!

 

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3 Comments to “Sir William Fairfax of Steenton”

  1. I’ve been trying to work out the boots & boot hose and think I’ve “got it” now… So, am I correct in saying that his white boots have a top fold type of thing and then he wears hose/ sock/ stocking type of clothing underneath which is the two top folds? Kind of like some people nowadays were “boot cuffs”? … mmmhhh… most interesting. thanks

  2. Yes, that’s right Catherine, they usually follow the folds of the boot top, as here http://the1642goodwyfe.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/colonel-sir-john-booth/. These ones are starched and in a double layer.

  3. Thankyou… yes, I see perfectly now…

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