Sir Thomas Gresham

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Sir Thomas Gresham, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, circa 1565 - NPG 352 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas Gresham

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1565
39 1/2 in. x 28 1/2 in. (1003 mm x 724 mm)
Purchased, 1872
Primary Collection
NPG 352


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  • Sir Thomas Gresham (circa 1518-1579), Founder of the Royal Exchange. Sitter associated with 23 portraits.

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In this portrait Gresham's costume is an exercise in restrained, yet costly, elegance. Scientific examination has revealed that the fingers on his right hand were lengthened during painting, perhaps in an attempt to make his grip on his purse appear more relaxed.

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