John Astley

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

John Astley, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1555 - NPG 6768 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Astley

by Unknown Netherlandish artist
oil on canvas, 1555
66 7/8 in. x 34 1/2 in. (1700 mm x 875 mm)
Purchased, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG 6768

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  • John Astley (circa 1507-1596), Courtier. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This painting is one of the earliest full-length portraits of a non-royal Briton. John Astley was in Italy between 1553 and 1555. This portrait appears to be by a Netherlandish artist and may have been painted during Astley's return from Italy or by a Netherlandish artist working in England towards the end of 1555. Technical analysis proved that the inscription showing the date is authentic.