© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Thomas More
by Lucas Vorsterman Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, probably 17th century
9 in. x 6 3/4 in. (230 mm x 170 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.
- Lucas Vorsterman (1595-1675), Engraver and publisher. Artist associated with 41 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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