Sir Nicholas Bacon

1 portrait on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Nicholas Bacon, by Unknown artist, 1579 - NPG 164 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Nicholas Bacon

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1579
24 3/4 in. x 19 1/4 in. (629 mm x 491 mm)
Purchased, 1863
Primary Collection
NPG 164


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  • Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Sitter associated with 13 portraits.

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Bacon is shown here holding his staff of office and the 'burse', a bag containing the seal, embroidered with Elizabeth's royal coat of arms. He wears an elaborate jewel, which is probably a whistle, at his chest. The inscription at the top right can be translated as 'the middle course is most secure'.

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