Sir Richard Southwell
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)
Sitterback to top
- Sir Richard Southwell (1502 or 1503-1564), Courtier and official. Sitter in 1 portrait.
Artistback to top
- Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 or 1498-1543), Painter, printmaker and designer; son of Hans Holbein the Elder. Artist associated with 315 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 577
Events of 1536back to top
Current affairsAnne 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.
Art and scienceThe German artist Hans Holbein the Younger makes a large preparatory drawing, (cartoon) of King Henry VIII for the Whitehall Palace wall painting.
InternationalThe 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.
See this portrait
On display in Room 1 at the National Portrait Gallery
Recommended Exhibitions & displays
- 1517: Martin Luther and the English Reformation
Until 2 December
- Holbein and his copyists
- Tudor Miniatures
- Director's Trail by Nicholas Cullinan
- Tints, texture and original intent, in four after-Holbein portraits
- Technique and effects of the after-Holbein copyists
- The contexts for the production and demand for painted versions and copies in the sixteenth and early seventeenth century