William Paget, 1st Baron Paget

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William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, by Unknown Flemish artist, 1549 - NPG 961 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Paget, 1st Baron Paget

by Unknown Flemish artist
oil on panel, 1549
17 3/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (451 mm x 362 mm)
Purchased, 1894
Primary Collection
NPG 961

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This portrait was probably painted in Brussels in June 1549, when Paget was there to negotiate with Charles V.

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  • Place made: Belgium (probably Brussels, Belgium)

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The Act of Uniformity is passed by the House of Lords making use of the new Book of Common Prayer compulsory. Edward Seymour falls from power. John Dudley, Earl of Warwick assumes the powers of Lord Protector. Robert Kett leads an anti-enclosure revolt in Norfolk. He petitions the King with a list of grievances calling for more rights for commoners. The rebellion is crushed by Warwick and Kett executed for High Treason.

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English politicians and merchants increasingly sit for portraits during visits to Europe. The portrait of the statesman William Paget, 1st Baron Paget is probably painted during a diplomatic stay in Brussels.


The Seventeen Provinces (covering present-day Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) are unified by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V into a single entity. Death of Pope Paul III.

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