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Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants

1 of 8 portraits of Cecily Heron (née More)

Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants, attributed to Rowland Lockey, after  Hans Holbein the Younger, 1593 - NPG 2765 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants

attributed to Rowland Lockey, after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on canvas, 1593
89 1/2 in. x 130 in. (2274 mm x 3302 mm)
Bequeathed by Emslie John Horniman, 1935
Primary Collection
NPG 2765


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  • Elizabeth Dauncey (née More) (1506-1564), Second daughter of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • Cecily Heron (née More) (born 1507), Youngest daughter of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Anne More (née Cresacre) (1511-1577), Wife of John More, son of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Cresacre More (1572-1649), Great-grandson and biographer of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Sir John More (circa 1451-1530), Judge; father of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • John More (1510-1547), Son of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • John More (1557-1599?), Eldest son of Thomas More II. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Maria More (née Scrope) (1534-1607), Wife of Thomas More II. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor, classical scholar, author of 'Utopia' and canonized 1935. Sitter associated with 52 portraits.
  • Thomas More II (1531-1606), Grandson of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Margaret Roper (1505-1544), Daughter of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 7 portraits.

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This group portrait was probably commissioned by Thomas More II, grandson of Sir Thomas More, and is a genealogical memorial of the staunchly Roman-Catholic More family over five generations, and a span of more than sixty years. Seven of the figures (nos. 1-7) derive from Holbein's group portrait Sir Thomas More with his Family and Household (1527-8), which was destroyed in the eighteenth century. Its appearance is recorded in a copy by Lockey at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, and in Holbein's preliminary drawing in the Kuntsmuseum, Basle, where four of the figures (nos. 8-11) were probably painted from life by Lockey. The portrait of Anne More, (no. 12), hanging in the background, is presumably a copy of a portrait of c.1560. The sitters, with their coats of arms displayed above them, are (from left to right): 1 Sir John More 1451?-1530 Judge. Father of Sir Thomas More; 2 Ann Cresacre 1511-77, wife of John More II; 3 Sir Thomas More 1478-1535, Lord Chancellor; 4 John More II 1510-47,only son of Sir Thomas More; 5 Cecily More born 1507, wife of Giles Heron. Youngest daughter of Sir Thomas More; 6 Elizabeth More born 1506, wife of William Dauncey. Second daughter of Sir Thomas More; 7 Margaret More 1505-44, wife of William Roper. Eldest daughter of Sir Thomas More; 8 John More III 1557-before 99. Eldest son of Thomas More II; 9 Thomas More II 1531-1606. Son of John More II; 10 Christopher Cresacre More 1572-1649. Fourth son of Thomas More II; 11 Maria 1534-1607, wife of Thomas More II. Daughter of John Scrope; 12 Anne More 1512-77 (portrait hanging on wall). Anne also appears in the group as no. 2 above.

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  • NPG D39014: Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants (based on same portrait)

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