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Thomas Wolsey, by Unknown artist - NPG 32

Thomas Wolsey

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1589-1595, based on a work of circa 1520
NPG 32

Katherine of Aragon, attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte) - NPG 4682

Katherine of Aragon

attributed to Lucas Horenbout (or Hornebolte)
watercolour on vellum, circa 1525
NPG 4682

Sir Thomas Chaloner, by Unknown Flemish artist - NPG 2445

Sir Thomas Chaloner

by Unknown Flemish artist
oil on panel, 1559
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2445

Sir Thomas Chaloner, after Unknown artist - NPG 1274

Sir Thomas Chaloner

after Unknown artist
oil on canvas, possibly 17th century, based on a work of 1559
NPG 1274

Sir Anthony Browne, by Unknown artist - NPG 5186

Sir Anthony Browne

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 5186

Richard Foxe, after Johannes Corvus - NPG 874

Richard Foxe

after Johannes Corvus
oil on panel, late 16th century
NPG 874

King Edward VI and the Pope, by Unknown artist - NPG 4165

King Edward VI and the Pope

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1575
NPG 4165

Sir Francis Drake, attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by  George Vertue - NPG 3905

Sir Francis Drake

attributed to Jodocus Hondius, completed by George Vertue
engraving, circa 1583
NPG 3905

Sir Christopher Hatton, by Unknown artist - NPG 1518

Sir Christopher Hatton

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1588-1591
NPG 1518

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh), by Unknown English artist - NPG 7

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)

by Unknown English artist
oil on panel, 1588
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, after Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 277

George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland

after Nicholas Hilliard
oil on canvas, early 19th century, based on a work of 1590
NPG 277

The Somerset House Conference, 1604, by Unknown artist - NPG 665

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1604
On display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 665

The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder - NPG 334a

The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605

by Crispijn de Passe the Elder
engraving, circa 1605
NPG 334a

Sir John Finet, copy by George Perfect Harding, after  Unknown artist - NPG 2404

Sir John Finet

copy by George Perfect Harding, after Unknown artist
watercolour, 19th century, based on a work of circa 1609
NPG 2404

Sir Charles Cornwallis, by Robert Peake the Elder, and  studio of Robert Peake the Elder - NPG 4867

Sir Charles Cornwallis

by Robert Peake the Elder, and studio of Robert Peake the Elder
oil on panel, circa 1610
NPG 4867

John Smith, by Simon de Passe - NPG 4594

John Smith

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1616
NPG 4594

William Shakespeare, after Gerard Johnson - NPG 1281

William Shakespeare

after Gerard Johnson
coloured plaster cast, 1846, based on a work of circa 1620
NPG 1281

Inigo Jones, after an engraving by Robert van Voerst, after  Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 3128

Inigo Jones

after an engraving by Robert van Voerst, after Sir Anthony van Dyck
brown wash
NPG 3128

John Pym, after Edward Bower - NPG 1425

John Pym

after Edward Bower
woodcut, 1641
NPG 1425

John Evelyn, by Robert Nanteuil - NPG 3258

John Evelyn

by Robert Nanteuil
engraving, 1650
NPG 3258

Samuel Cooper, copy of a self-portrait by Samuel Cooper - NPG 2891

Samuel Cooper

copy of a self-portrait by Samuel Cooper
wash, 18th century, based on a work of 1660s
NPG 2891

King Charles II, by John Roettier - NPG 6076

King Charles II

by John Roettier
silver medal, 1660
NPG 6076

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(38)

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(38)

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(49)

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(49)

Arthur Onslow, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(48)

Arthur Onslow

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(48)

George Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(66)

George Walpole, 3rd Earl of Orford

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(66)

Sir Samuel Prime, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(45)

Sir Samuel Prime

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(45)

Thomas Smallwood, by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend - NPG 4855(34)

Thomas Smallwood

by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
pen and ink, 1751-1758
NPG 4855(34)