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Sir Nicholas Throckmorton

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, circa 1562
35 3/8 in. x 28 1/2 in. (898 mm x 724 mm)
Purchased, 1951
Primary Collection
NPG 3800

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The handling of the portrait is Anglo-Netherlandish in style, and the column imitates the red Belgian marble Rouge de Rance. The cartellino with Throckmorton's name in the top right of the portrait is a later addition.

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Queen Elizabeth I suffers a near fatal case of smallpox and the problems of her marriage and the succession become the main focus of court politics.
Treaty of Richmond signed between Elizabeth I and the French Protestant (Huguenot) leader Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Condé.
The naval commander Sir John Hawkins becomes the first English slave trader between Africa and the Caribbean. The trade of African slaves will continue for 250 years.

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First performance of The Tragedie of Gorboduc by Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset. It is the first English tragedy to be written in blank verse and will later influence Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare.
Englands debased coinage is completely reissued to win back foreign confidence.


Massacre of French Protestants (known as Huguenots) by Francis, Duke of Guise provokes the French Wars of Religion, continuing until 1598.
At the Battle of Dreux, Catholic forces narrowly defeat the Huguenots and the Huguenot leader, Louis de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, is taken prisoner.

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