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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

(1517?-1547), Poet

Sitter associated with 23 portraits
Surrey was a courtier, soldier and poet at the court of Henry VIII. He was at one time suggested as a husband for Princess Mary (later Mary I). He introduced blank verse into England, and was responsible, along with Sir Thomas Wyatt, for bringing the sonnet form to this country from Italy. His personal vanity, ambition and powerful family connections led Henry VIII to regard him as a threat, and he was executed on a false charge of treason.

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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

by John Cochran, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, mid 19th century
NPG D9357

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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

by Cameron & Smith, after Unknown artist
photographic print, 1890 (circa 1546)
NPG D40916

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Unknown man formerly known as Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

published by The Art for Schools Association, after Walter L. Bourke, after Unknown artist
colour halftone, early 20th century
NPG D40918


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