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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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D4888

Thomas Wolsey

by John Faber Sr
mezzotint, circa 1712-1714
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D33089

Thomas Wolsey

by Paul Fourdrinier
line engraving, published 1726
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D8792

Thomas Wolsey

by Robert Sheppard
coloured line engraving, published 1733
NPG D8792

D24254

Thomas Wolsey

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

D37008

Thomas Wolsey

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

D24257

Thomas Wolsey

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

D24246

Thomas Wolsey

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

D136

Thomas Wolsey

by Unknown artist
watercolour, 19th century
NPG D136

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

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

D24249

Thomas Wolsey

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

D37009

Thomas Wolsey

by Leighton Brothers, published by Illustrated London News, after Sir John Gilbert
colour wood engraving, published 27 July 1872
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D15218

Thomas Wolsey

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

D19059

Thomas Wolsey

by Paul Fourdrinier
line engraving, published 1726
NPG D19059

D20236

Thomas Wolsey

by Robert Sheppard
line engraving, published 1733
NPG D20236

D42881

Thomas Wolsey

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

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