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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1532-1533 - NPG 6310 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1532-1533
1 3/4 in. (44 mm) diameter
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6310


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This portrait of Thomas Cromwell is maybe one of the first miniatures Holbein painted. It was made during his second visit to England in 1532 when Cromwell was advancing as a trusted councillor of the king. The mount has been cut from a playing card of the suit of spades. This portrait is mounted in the same case as another, later, miniature of Cromwell.

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  • NPG 6311: Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex (source portrait)

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