Browne, Richard (d. 1669)
About this picture
oil on canvas, after 1648: National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG 2109.
About the subject
A London coal and timber merchant, Richard Browne was a Parliamentarian officer during the Civil War, becoming an MP in 1645, and was with King Charles I at Holdenby when he was seized by the army in 1647. A key figure among the presbyterian opponents of the army and their allies, he was secluded from Parliament in 1648. He was involved in plotting for the 1659 risings in favour of the restoration of the King, and rewarded by Charles II, becoming lord mayor in 1660.