Sir Richard Grenville
1 of 5 portraits of Sir Richard Grenville
Sir Richard Grenville
after Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 17th century, based on a work of 1571
41 3/4 in. x 28 7/8 in. (1060 mm x 733 mm)
This portraitback to top
Although this portrait probably dates from the 17th century, if the inscription is an accurate copy it was taken from a lost original of 1571, painted when the sitter was aged 29. It may have been commissioned to celebrate Grenville becoming vice-admiral of the fleet that year, and gaining his first seat in parliament for Cornwall.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Dodd, Christopher, Unto the tideway born, 2015, p. 50
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 264
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 128
Events of 1571back to top
Current affairsSecret papal agent Roberto di Ridolfi plots to restore Catholicism in England by overthrowing Queen Elizabeth I and marrying Mary, Queen of Scots to Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk. Norfolk is arrested for his part in the conspiracy.
Parliament formally endorses intolerance of Roman Catholicism, it becomes a treasonable offence to bring a Papal 'bull' into England and clerical obedience to the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion is enforced.
Art and scienceThe Royal Exchange opens in London.
The unusual painting of King Edward VI's triumph over the Pope is painted at about this time to commemorate the young king's anti-papal policies and to celebrate the successful re-establishment of the Church of England under Elizabeth I.
InternationalOttoman forces take the port of Famagusta in Cyprus from Venice.
Pope Pius V calls a Holy League to halt the expansion of the Ottoman Empire in the Mediterranean. John of Austria, half-brother of Philip II of Spain, leads naval forces from Spain, the Papal States, Venice and Genoa to a decisive victory over the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto. The victory is of great symbolic importance to European Mediterranean powers.
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