© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Thomas Overbury
by Simon de Passe, after Cornelius Johnson Click on the links below to find out more
engraving, circa 1613
7 3/4 in. x 5 1/8 in. (197 mm x 130 mm) plate size; 8 5/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (219 mm x 149 mm) paper size
- Simon de Passe (1595-1647), Engraver. Artist associated with 202 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Cornelius Johnson (1593-1661), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 138 portraits, Sitter associated with 3 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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