Richard Foxe

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Richard Foxe, by Unknown English artist, early 19th century - NPG 5387 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Foxe

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, early 19th century
22 in. x 16 5/8 in. (559 mm x 422 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5387

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  • Richard Foxe (circa 1446-1528), Bishop and statesman. Sitter in 12 portraits.

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Previously thought to be a sixteenth-century work, new research has shown that this painting dates from a much later period. Analysis of the paint used for the green background has shown that it contains a pigment called 'Prussian Blue' which was not commonly in use until the late eighteenth century. The style of painting suggests that it was produced by an eighteenth or nineteenth-century artist mimicking Tudor painting techniques. The design of the portrait is based on a pattern that was in used in the sixteenth century and probably produced during the sitter's lifetime.

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