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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Baron Wentworth

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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Baron Wentworth, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, circa 1547-50 - NPG 1851 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Baron Wentworth

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1547-50
30 3/8 in. x 28 7/8 in. (771 mm x 734 mm)
Purchased, 1919
Primary Collection
NPG 1851


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Wentworth served both Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. Having embraced Protestantism and supported Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon in 1530, Wentworth served as Edward's Lord Chamberlain. It would appear that this portrait was begun just before his appointment to the office and that the white rod of the Lord Chancellor was a later addition. In the bottom left-hand corner there is a small lap dog reclining on a carpet.

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Current affairs

Death of King Henry VIII and the coronation of King Edward VI, aged nine. Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset is appointed Lord Protector. Parliament repeals the Act of Six Articles of Religion, 1539. The English Reformation becomes more Protestant. The Abolition of Chantries Acts (1545 and 1547) dissolve over 2,000 chapels which had held masses for the dead.

Art and science

The Book of Homilies is published to promote preaching in English. Full-length portrait of King Edward VI is painted the Dutch artist William Scrots. Somerset House is constructed in London for Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset.

International

The Battle of Mühlberg - the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V defeats the Protestant Schmalkaldic League. Death of Francis I of France and accession of Henri II. Coronation of Ivan IV of Russia (the Terrible), the first ruler of Russia to assume the title Tsar.

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