The Manner of His Excellency

Sir Thomas Fairfax, and the Officers of His Armie sitting in Councell. Also from September 1647 and following on, this is Fairfax’s side of the story and is a collection of his letters sent to various parliamentarians following the Putney Debates. Frontispiece is this image of Sir Tom and his council. Ignoring the fact that the artist has made the general look twice as big as his officers, this is a fly on the wall picture of the army council in session. They are mostly (apart from the guy in academic gown in the foreground) dressed in tabbed doublet, plain band and tall hats. No scarves in evidence but to a man they have thin cross sword belts/baldricks. I wonder what the bell on the table was used for?

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