Sir Thomas More

1 portrait of Sir Thomas More

Sir Thomas More, after Hans Holbein the Younger, early 17th century (1527) - NPG 4358 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas More

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, early 17th century (1527)
29 1/2 in. x 23 in. (749 mm x 584 mm)
Purchased with help from the Pilgrim Trust, Stanley Morison, Kenneth More and the Sir Thomas More Appeal Fund, 1964
Primary Collection
NPG 4358

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  • Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor, classical scholar, author of 'Utopia' and canonized 1935. Sitter associated with 53 portraits.

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This is a fine, highly accomplished version of a portrait by Holbein in the Frick Collection, New York. The materials and handling suggest this picture may have been painted in Italy or Austria in the early seventeenth century.

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  • Bolland, Charlotte; Cooper, Tarnya, The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered, 2014 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12th September 2014 to 1st March 2015), p. 39
  • MacLeod, Catherine, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection at Montacute House, 1999, p. 10
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 440
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 229

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