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George Gower (circa 1540-1596)
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 1 portrait
Little is known about his early life except that he was a grandson of Sir John Gower of Stettenham, Yorkshire. Gower was appointed to the position of Serjeant Painter to Queen Elizabeth in 1581. This allowed him to paint most of England's aristocracy. The post also made him responsible for painted decoration at the royal residences, and on coaches and furniture. Gower's best-known work is the version of the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth now at Woburn Abbey, painted to commemorate the 1588 defeat of the Spanish Armada.