About this artwork

Alexander Henderson was born in Creich, in Fife, and was one of the most important figures in the Church of Scotland in the early seventeenth century. He was one of the authors of the National Covenant, a document which pledged to maintain the 'true reformed religion' against the policies of Charles I. This serious and austere portrait by the king's court painter probably dates from 1641, when Henderson was in London negotiating with Charles I.

Sir Anthony van Dyck

Sir Anthony van Dyck