I can now reveal the winner of the quiz on the picture of the trial of the Earl of Strafford. The link with me is indeed the Louth connection. The picture previously was hanging in Louth Town Hall until the Town Council decided to donate it to Parliament. There was a ceremony held in the Royal Gallery to hand the picture over to the Parliamentary Art Collection. After that, the picture was moved to its permanent location. Which is where? It is hanging in the Peers’ Guest Room. It is ideal for the room – just the right size.
The winner of the quiz is therefore ladytizzy. She identified the Louth link in a footnote and later got the right location. A prize will be on its way.
Two of my colleagues in the Lords, who went in search of the painting, will doubtless now be more observant when sat in the Peers’ Guest Room….