Gerlach Flicke; Henry Strangwish (Strangways)

1 portrait on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

Gerlach Flicke; Henry Strangwish (Strangways), by Gerlach Flicke, 1554 - NPG 6353 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Gerlach Flicke; Henry Strangwish (Strangways)

by Gerlach Flicke
diptych, oil on paper or vellum laid on panel, 1554
3 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (88 mm x 119 mm)
Purchased, 1996
Primary Collection
NPG 6353

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  • Gerlach Flicke (active 1545-died 1558), Painter. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Little is known about Flicke other than that he came from Osnabrück in Germany and that by 1545-6 he was working as a portrait painter in England. Henry Strangwish was a gentleman pirate from the West Country. This painting was produced when both men were in prison, probably the Tower of London. Strangwish was imprisoned for his piracy, but the nature of Flicke's crime is not known. The English inscription above Strangwish, shown holding a lute, reads: 'Strangwish, thus strangely depicted is One prisoner, for thother, hath done this/ Gerlin, hath garnisht, for his delight This woorck whiche you se, before youre sight'. The Latin inscription above Flicke, who is shown holding his palette, can be translated: 'Such was the face of Gerlach Flicke when he was a painter in the City of London. This he himself painted from a looking-glass for his dear friends. That they might have something by which to remember him after his death.' This is the earliest known oil self-portrait produced in England.

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