© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Thomas More
after Hans Holbein the Younger Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, published 1748
7 1/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (180 mm x 100 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor, classical scholar, author of 'Utopia' and canonized 1935. Sitter associated with 54 portraits.
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543). Artist associated with 315 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
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