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Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset (1506?-1552), Known as 'The Protector'; statesman

Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Edward Seymour was the eldest brother of Jane Seymour, who became King Henry VIII's third wife in 1536. The death of his sister following the birth of her only child, Edward, in 1537 diminished Hertford's influence at court, but he remained prominent, particularly in military affairs, for the remainder of Henry's reign. After Henry's death in 1547, Seymour was appointed Lord Protector of the Realm and Governor of the King's Person. He retained great influence over the boy king Edward VI, in whose name he ruled the country, and was created Duke of Somerset in 1547, early in King Edward's reign. However, he fell from power and was executed for treason in 1552.

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4165

King Edward VI and the Pope

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
NPG 4165

D23465

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Magdalena de Passe, or by Willem de Passe
line engraving, 1620
NPG D23465

D15192

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Robert White, printed for Richard Chiswell
line engraving, published 1679
NPG D15192

D19906

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, 1697
NPG D19906

D24816

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

after Unknown artist
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24816

D24815

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly mid 18th century
NPG D24815

D24807

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D24807

D20480

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D20480

D24814

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by William Sherlock, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1757
NPG D24814

D41815

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D41815

D41816

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D41816

D42884

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42884

D41814

Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset

by Henry Meyer, published by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, after William Hilton
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1819
NPG D41814

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