The figurehead of the gunpowder plot is linked to the other faces adorning the walls of Beningbrough Hall, an early 18th century red brick mansion north of the city, by virtue only of what the curators are calling “Yorkshire achievement, grit and controversy”.
More than 20 works of art – some on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and the Arts Council Collection – go on public display today in Beningbrough’s saloon and east galleries.
The exhibition, which was announced last month, features such other idiosyncratic Yorkshire figures as Charlotte Brontë, Arthur Scargill and Geoffrey Boycott, as well as Michael Parkinson, Alan Bennett and the actress Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor Who.
The exhibition, open until November, also features sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.
Helen Osbond, the hall’s exhibitions manager, said: “We hope the exhibition will make visitors think, laugh and debate their Yorkshire favourites.”