Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

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Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby, by Unknown artist, second half of 16th century - NPG 551 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, second half of 16th century
27 in. x 21 5/8 in. (686 mm x 549 mm)
Transferred from British Museum, 1879
Primary Collection
NPG 551

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This painted portrait is a later version of the only known likeness of Margaret Beaufort. She is depicted wearing the costume of a widow. The book that she holds is likely to symbolise her piety but may also refer to her patronage. This painting was probably commissioned as part of a set of portraits of English royalty.

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All plate is removed from churches on the orders of the Privy Council. Princess Mary (later Mary I) rejects Protestant reforms.

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Utopia, written in 1516 by the scholar and stateman Sir Thomas More, is translated from Latin into English. The Swiss naturalist Conrad Gesner publishes the first volume of Historiae Animalium (History of Animals). As the first pictorial catalogue of the animal world it is a seminal work of zoology.


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