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Unknown man, formerly known as William Tyndale

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Unknown man, formerly known as William Tyndale, by Unknown artist, late 17th or early 18th century - NPG 1592 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, formerly known as William Tyndale

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, late 17th or early 18th century
45 1/2 in. x 33 7/8 in. (1156 mm x 860 mm)
Purchased, 1910
Primary Collection
NPG 1592


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  • William Tyndale (circa 1494-1536), Translator of the Bible. Sitter associated with 10 portraits.

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There is no authentic portrait of Tyndale. By the early 17th century a false type was in circulation and accepted by Henry Holland for the Herwologia (1620), a collection of portraits and biographies of notable individuals from the Tudor period, which was based on 'a portrait from a shop in Fleet Street'. This false portrait of Tyndale derives from a portrait of John Knox, sent from Scotland and used in the French edition of Beza's Icones. All the painted versions are not earlier than the 17th century, fitting in with the sale from the shop in Fleet Street.”

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