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Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

(1443-1509), Mother of Henry VII

Sitter associated with 18 portraits
Margaret married Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond and half brother of King Henry VI in 1455. Their son Henry was born in Pembroke Castle in 1457, three months after Tudor's death from the plague. Margaret was deeply involved in the struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster, taking an active part in the insurrections of 1484 and 1485 and planning the marriage of her son to Elizabeth of York. She was determined that Henry would become king. She married twice more, to Sir Henry Stafford and later to Thomas, Lord Stanley, who in 1485 helped her son obtain the throne. She re-founded God's House, Cambridge as Christ's College and has been honoured ever since. She also founded St John's College, Cambridge.

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Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, after Pietro Torrigiano - NPG 356

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

after Pietro Torrigiano
electrotype, (circa 1514)
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 356

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by Unknown artist - NPG 551

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, second half of 17th century
NPG 551

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by John Faber Sr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D23853

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by John Faber Sr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1714
NPG D23853

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by John Faber Sr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D23872

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by John Faber Sr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1714
NPG D23872

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by John Faber Sr, printed and published by  Timothy Jordan, after  Unknown artist - NPG D47403

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by John Faber Sr, printed and published by Timothy Jordan, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1714
NPG D47403

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by John Faber Sr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D47404

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by John Faber Sr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1714
NPG D47404

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by John Faber Sr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D47405

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by John Faber Sr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, 1714
NPG D47405

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, after Unknown artist - NPG D23874

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

after Unknown artist
hand-coloured stipple and aquatint engraving, late 18th century
NPG D23874

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by and published by Edward Harding - NPG D23866

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by and published by Edward Harding
stipple engraving, published 1 May 1799
NPG D23866

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, published by Edward Harding - NPG D23870

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

published by Edward Harding
stipple engraving, published 1 June 1801
NPG D23870

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by Innocenzo Geremia, published by  John Scott - NPG D23871

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by Innocenzo Geremia, published by John Scott
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1806
NPG D23871

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, after Unknown artist - NPG D23873

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

after Unknown artist
hand-coloured stipple and aquatint engraving, circa 1815
NPG D23873

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, published by Rudolph Ackermann, after  Unknown artist - NPG D47406

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

published by Rudolph Ackermann, after Unknown artist
hand-coloured etching and stipple engraving, circa 1815
NPG D47406

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by Robert Cooper, published by  Lackington, Allen & Co, published by  Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after  Robert William Satchwell - NPG D39778

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by Robert Cooper, published by Lackington, Allen & Co, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after Robert William Satchwell
stipple engraving, published 1 February 1816
NPG D39778

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by William Thomas Fry, published by  Longman, Hurst & Co, published by  Hurst, Robinson & Co, after  Richard Banks Harraden - NPG D20347

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by William Thomas Fry, published by Longman, Hurst & Co, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co, after Richard Banks Harraden
stipple engraving, published 2 August 1819
NPG D20347

Henry the Seventh's Chapel.  Monuments and Details, by and published by John Preston Neale, by  John Carter, by  James Robert Thompson, published by  Hurst, Robinson & Co - NPG D42664

Henry the Seventh's Chapel. Monuments and Details

by and published by John Preston Neale, by John Carter, by James Robert Thompson, published by Hurst, Robinson & Co
line engraving and etching, published 1 July 1821
NPG D42664

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by Alfred Thomas Derby, after  Unknown artist - NPG D23065

Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by Alfred Thomas Derby, after Unknown artist
pencil, pen and ink, 1839 (before 1736)
NPG D23065

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