© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Thomas Overbury
by and published by Simon de Passe Click on the links below to find out more
line engraving, circa 1613-1622
4 5/8 in. x 2 5/8 in. (119 mm x 68 mm) plate size; 5 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (137 mm x 81 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Earl of Suffolk's daughter, Francis Howard marries the king's favourite, Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset. Only months before, courtier Sir Thomas Overbury who opposed the marriage, dies in the Tower; by 1615 the couple are convicted of his murder. James I's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, marries Frederick V, elector palatine.
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