Lady Margaret Beaufort

1 portrait on display in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Margaret Beaufort

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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