Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk

1 portrait on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, 1565 - NPG 6676 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1565
1032 mm x 802 mm (40 5/8 in. x 31 5/8 in.)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6676


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This portrait appears to result from a sitting from the life and shows Norfolk at the age of 27. The positioning of the figure and meticulously painted facial characteristics, with the mouth very slightly open to reveal two front teeth, provide a strong sense of personal presence. Fragments of an old inscription can be seen at the top right, which date the picture to 1565.

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Mary, Queen of Scots marries her second husband Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Sir Henry Sidney is appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland.

Art and science

The Royal College of Physicians receives official permission to carry out human dissections. The first recorded manufacture of lead pencils.

International

The Knights Hospitaller repel the forces of Suleiman I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the siege of Malta. Ottoman advances into Western Europe are halted and the celebrated admiral Turgut Reis is killed. A Spanish expedition establishes the city of St Augustine in present-day Florida, the first permanent European settlement in North America. The first Spanish settlement in Philippines is established at Cebu.

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