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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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Thomas Wolsey

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century (circa 1520)
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D33082

Thomas Wolsey

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
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D33086

Thomas Wolsey

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
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Thomas Wolsey

by Nicolas de Larmessin
line engraving, 17th century
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D33088

Thomas Wolsey

by Nicolas de Larmessin
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D33088

D33083

Thomas Wolsey

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33083

D33084

Thomas Wolsey

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
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D33085

Thomas Wolsey

by Magdalena de Passe, by Willem de Passe
line engraving, published 1620
NPG D33085

D24256

Thomas Wolsey

by William Marshall
line engraving, published 1642
NPG D24256

D21615

Thomas Wolsey

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1648
NPG D21615

D33081

Thomas Wolsey

by William Marshall, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1648
NPG D33081

D24255

Thomas Wolsey

possibly by Étienne Jehandier Desrochers
line engraving, possibly late 17th century
NPG D24255

D24244

Thomas Wolsey

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after Adriaen van der Werff
line engraving, possibly 1697
NPG D24244

D24243

Thomas Wolsey

by John Faber Sr, after Hans Holbein the Younger
mezzotint, probably early 18th century
NPG D24243

D24245

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24245

D24247

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24247

D24248

Thomas Wolsey

possibly by George Vertue, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24248

D24251

Thomas Wolsey

by Hall, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24251

D24252

Thomas Wolsey

after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, probably 18th century
NPG D24252

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