Sir Richard Southwell

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Sir Richard Southwell

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 16th century, based on a work of 1536
18 in. x 14 in. (457 mm x 356 mm)
Purchased, 1972
Primary Collection
NPG 4912

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  • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543), Painter, printmaker and designer; son of Hans Holbein the Elder. Artist or producer associated with 310 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.

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The portrait is a very skilfully painted contemporary copy of a painting by Hans Holbein. It was probably produced in an English workshop in the late sixteenth, or early seventeenth century.

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Current affairs

Anne Boleyn miscarries a male child. She is accused of adultery and beheaded for High Treason. Henry marries Jane Seymour eleven days after the Anne's death.
The Act of Succession declares Mary and Elizabeth illegitimate.
The Act of Suppression marks the beginning of the dissolution of the monasteries.
Pilgrimage of Grace popular rising against Henry VIII's Church reforms and the economic effects of enclosure.

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The German artist Hans Holbein the Younger makes a large preparatory drawing, (cartoon) of King Henry VIII for the Whitehall Palace wall painting.


The French Protestant reformer Jean Calvin publishes Institutio Christianae Religionis (Institute of the Christian Religion), the founding text of the Calvinist churches.
The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V invades Provence and besieges Marseille
Francis I of France conquers Savoy and Piedmont.

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