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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
by John Fillian, printed and published by Peter Stent, after Hans Holbein the Younger Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1653
8 3/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (212 mm x 149 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Fillian (died circa 1680), Engraver. Artist associated with 6 portraits.
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 314 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
- Peter Stent (circa 1613-1665), Printseller and printer. Artist associated with 71 portraits.
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