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Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour

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Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, second half of 16th century
21 in. x 16 1/2 in. (533 mm x 419 mm)
Purchased, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4571

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All portraits of Seymour appear to be drawn from a miniature from c.1545, now in the National Maritime Museum. This portrait dates from after his death and contains a celebratory inscription, declaring Seymour to be a man whose blood 'wase {s}pilt without iust cause'.

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All plate is removed from churches on the orders of the Privy Council.
Princess Mary (later Mary I) rejects Protestant reforms.

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Utopia, written in 1516 by the scholar and stateman Sir Thomas More, is translated from Latin into English.
The Swiss naturalist Conrad Gesner publishes the first volume of Historiae Animalium (History of Animals). As the first pictorial catalogue of the animal world it is a seminal work of zoology.


The Ottoman admiral Turgut Reis captures Tripoli (in present-day Libya) from the Order of the Knights of St John.

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