House of Commons, 1628–1629, Speaker Finch Held by Holles and Valentine

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On 10 March 1629, Finch tried to adjourn the House of Commons on the King's command, following a disagreement of Charles I's belief that by the royal prerogative he could govern without the advice and consent of Parliament. Finch was forcibly held down in his chair by three Members – Sir John Eliot, Denzil Holles and Benjamin Valentine – while the Commons passed a number of motions against the King's recent actions. Speaker Finch said in justification of his actions: "I am none less the King's servant for being yours." This illustrated the dilemma which moderate Members in the Commons began to find themselves in from this period onwards. Charles I was furious and dissolved the Parliament that very same day. He did not call another one for 11 years.

House of Commons, 1628–1629, Speaker Finch Held by Holles and Valentine




oil on canvas


H 304.8 x W 442 cm

Accession number

WOA 2950

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