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Thomas Wolsey

(1470 or 1471-1530), Cardinal and statesman

Sitter associated with 36 portraits
'Of vast ability and indefatigable', Wolsey was a butcher's son from Ipswich who rose to become Henry VIII's most powerful minister in the early part of his reign. He was a talented statesmen who was created a Cardinal by Pope Leo X in 1515 and was made Lord Chancellor by Henry the same year, succeeding William Warham in the post. He founded Cardinal College, Oxford (later refounded as Christ Church) and built the palace of Hampton Court. Wolsey promoted the King's ambitious foreign policy, but fell from favour when he failed to obtain Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon. He died before he could be tried for treason.

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Thomas Wolsey, by Unknown artist - NPG 32

Thomas Wolsey

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1589-1595 (circa 1520)
NPG 32

Thomas Wolsey, after Unknown artist - NPG D33082

Thomas Wolsey

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D33082

Thomas Wolsey, after Unknown artist - NPG D33086

Thomas Wolsey

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D33086

Thomas Wolsey, by Nicolas de Larmessin - NPG D33087

Thomas Wolsey

by Nicolas de Larmessin
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D33087

Thomas Wolsey, by Nicolas de Larmessin - NPG D33088

Thomas Wolsey

by Nicolas de Larmessin
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D33088

Thomas Wolsey, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D33083

Thomas Wolsey

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33083

Thomas Wolsey, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D33084

Thomas Wolsey

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33084

Thomas Wolsey, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D33085

Thomas Wolsey

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33085

Thomas Wolsey, by William Marshall - NPG D24256

Thomas Wolsey

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1642
NPG D24256

Thomas Wolsey, by William Marshall, after  Unknown artist - NPG D21615

Thomas Wolsey

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1648
NPG D21615

Thomas Wolsey, by William Marshall, after  Unknown artist - NPG D33081

Thomas Wolsey

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1648
NPG D33081

Thomas Wolsey, possibly by Étienne Jehandier Desrochers - NPG D24255

Thomas Wolsey

possibly by Étienne Jehandier Desrochers
line engraving, possibly late 17th century
NPG D24255

Thomas Wolsey, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D24244

Thomas Wolsey

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, possibly 1697
NPG D24244

Thomas Wolsey, by John Faber Sr, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24243

Thomas Wolsey

by John Faber Sr, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, probably early 18th century
NPG D24243

Thomas Wolsey, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24245

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24245

Thomas Wolsey, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24247

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24247

Thomas Wolsey, possibly by George Vertue, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24248

Thomas Wolsey

possibly by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24248

Thomas Wolsey, by Hall, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24251

Thomas Wolsey

by Hall, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24251

Thomas Wolsey, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24252

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24252

Thomas Wolsey, by John Faber Sr - NPG D4888

Thomas Wolsey

by John Faber Sr
mezzotint, circa 1712-1714
NPG D4888

Thomas Wolsey, by Paul Fourdrinier - NPG D33089

Thomas Wolsey

by Paul Fourdrinier
line engraving, published 1726
NPG D33089

Thomas Wolsey, by Robert Sheppard - NPG D8792

Thomas Wolsey

by Robert Sheppard
coloured line engraving, published 1733
NPG D8792

Thomas Wolsey, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D24254

Thomas Wolsey

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D24254

Thomas Wolsey, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D37008

Thomas Wolsey

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
engraving, published 1738
NPG D37008

Thomas Wolsey, by Thomas Ryder - NPG D24257

Thomas Wolsey

by Thomas Ryder
line engraving, possibly late 18th century
NPG D24257

Thomas Wolsey, after Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D24246

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
hand-coloured stipple and aquatint engraving, probably early 19th century
NPG D24246

Thomas Wolsey, by Unknown artist - NPG D136

Thomas Wolsey

by Unknown artist
watercolour, 19th century
NPG D136

Thomas Wolsey, by Robert Cooper, published by  Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  William Hilton, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D37006

Thomas Wolsey

by Robert Cooper, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, published 2 February 1818
NPG D37006

Thomas Wolsey, by Robert Cooper, published by  Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  William Hilton, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D37007

Thomas Wolsey

by Robert Cooper, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
stipple engraving, published 2 February 1818
NPG D37007

Thomas Wolsey, by Charles Picart, after  Adriaen van der Werff - NPG D24249

Thomas Wolsey

by Charles Picart, after Adriaen van der Werff
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D24249

Thomas Wolsey, by Leighton Brothers, published by  Illustrated London News, after  Sir John Gilbert - NPG D37009

Thomas Wolsey

by Leighton Brothers, published by Illustrated London News, after Sir John Gilbert
colour wood engraving, published 27 July 1872
NPG D37009

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Thomas Wolsey

by Unknown artist, published by Richard Chiswell
line engraving, published circa 1679
NPG D15218

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Thomas Wolsey

by Paul Fourdrinier
line engraving, published 1726
NPG D19059

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Thomas Wolsey

by Robert Sheppard
line engraving, published 1733
NPG D20236

Web image not currently available

Thomas Wolsey

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42881

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