Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

1 portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, studio of Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1537 - NPG 6311 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

studio of Hans Holbein the Younger
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, circa 1537
1 3/4 in. (44 mm) diameter
Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 1994
Primary Collection
NPG 6311


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This portrait is mounted in the same case as an earlier miniature of Cromwell from which it is derived. This version, probably from Holbein's studio, must have been painted following the sitter's election to the Order of the Garter in 1537 as he is shown wearing the collar of the Greater George. The gold locket is late eighteenth or early nineteenth century in date and housed both miniatures back to back.

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  • NPG 6310: Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex (after)

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