Algernon Sidney

Known chiefly as a political writer Algernon was also Colonel in the Earl of Manchester’s horse and charged at Marston Moor with “much gallantry”, coming away so wounded that he was taken back to London to recover. In this picture he wears a neat falling band and cuffs, although the artist has painted different styles on each arm, and what looks like a cassock or maybe a cloak over a buttoned doublet. It’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins as they appear to be made from the same fabric.

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