Richard Foxe

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Richard Foxe, after Johannes Corvus, late 16th century - NPG 874 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Foxe

after Johannes Corvus
oil on panel, late 16th century
26 1/4 in. x 18 in. (667 mm x 457 mm)
Bequeathed by Thomas Kerslake, 1891
Primary Collection
NPG 874

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  • Richard Foxe (circa 1446-1528), Bishop and statesman. Sitter in 12 portraits.

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This late sixteenth-century portrait is a version derived from a design by the artist Johannes Corvus in the first half of the century. It was common for patterns to be copied and reproduced in this way in the Tudor period. The painting shown alongside is a much later version of the same portrait type, demonstrating that there was also a demand for copies of Tudor portraits into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Unfortunately, like many paintings on wooden panel, this portrait has suffered from paint loss and vertical splits in the wood over time. It would originally have been very colourful and eye-catching. Some of this detail is still visible, for example in the shield in the background and the lettering.

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