© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Nicholas Bacon
possibly by Magdalena de Passe, possibly by Willem de Passe Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, 1620 (1579)
6 1/2 in. x 4 3/4 in. (165 mm x 122 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
- Sir Nicholas Bacon (1510-1579), Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. Sitter associated with 14 portraits.
- Magdalena de Passe (1600-1638), Engraver. Artist associated with 136 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Willem de Passe (1597 or 1598-1636 or 1637), Engraver. Artist associated with 174 portraits.
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