Sir Thomas Overbury

1 portrait on display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Thomas Overbury, by Simon de Passe, after  Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen), circa 1613 - NPG D1313 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Thomas Overbury

by Simon de Passe, after Cornelius Johnson (Jonson or Jonson van Ceulen)
engraving, circa 1613
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford, 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D1313


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The courtier and poet Thomas Overbury had opposed the relationship between Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances Howard, who was married to the Earl of Essex. Overbury was subsequently poisoned in the Tower of London and the resulting murder investigation saw the indictment of the pair of lovers, who had since married. The inscription at the bottom is a lamentation on his ill luck and false friendships.

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