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William Tyndale

(circa 1494-1536), Translator of the Bible

Sitter associated with 10 portraits
Tyndale was a Protestant reformer and scholar who translated the Bible into the Early Modern English of his day. His was the first English translation to work directly from Hebrew and Greek texts, and the first to take advantage of the new medium of print, which allowed for its wide distribution. In 1528, he was attacked as a heretic by Sir Thomas More who claimed that Tyndale had translated certain key words differently to the church-authorised definitions. In 1535, he was arrested, jailed near Brussels for more than a year, tried for heresy and treason and then strangled and burnt at the stake. Much of Tyndale's work found its way into the King James Version of the Bible, published in 1611.

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Called William Tyndale, by Unknown artist - NPG 1592

Called William Tyndale

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, late 17th or early 18th century
NPG 1592

The Reformation, by Unknown artist - NPG D43263

The Reformation

by Unknown artist
line engraving, late 16th century
NPG D43263

William Tyndale, after Unknown artist - NPG D24290

William Tyndale

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
NPG D24290

William Tyndale, after Unknown artist - NPG D33384

William Tyndale

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D33384

William Tyndale, by Magdalena de Passe, by  Willem de Passe - NPG D33385

William Tyndale

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33385

William Tyndale, after Unknown artist - NPG D33383

William Tyndale

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D33383

The Reformation, by Unknown artist - NPG D23051

The Reformation

by Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1683
NPG D23051

William Tyndale, after Unknown artist - NPG D24289

William Tyndale

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly early 19th century
NPG D24289

William Tyndale, by William Dennis Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D7519

William Tyndale

by William Dennis Jr, after Unknown artist
stipple and line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D7519

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