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Sir William Petre

4 of 5 portraits on display in Room 2 at Montacute House

Sir William Petre, by Unknown artist, 1567 - NPG 3816 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Petre

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1567
36 3/8 in. x 28 in. (924 mm x 711 mm)
Purchased, 1952
Primary Collection
NPG 3816


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Petre acquired the lease of the monastic lands at Montacute after the dissolution of the priory there in 1539. He sub-let to the Phelips family who built the present house at the end of the sixteenth century. The piece of paper which is depicted in this portrait of Petre as if attached to the wall is known as a 'cartellino'. It states that Petre was Secretary of State to Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. This form of cartellino was added to paintings in the collection of John, Lord Lumley and is not original to the portrait.

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  • MacLeod, Catherine, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection at Montacute House, 1999, p. 11
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 490
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 246