Sir Nicholas Throckmorton

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Sir Nicholas Throckmorton

by George Perfect Harding, after Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
watercolour, circa 1812, based on a work of after circa 1562
10 1/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (258 mm x 221 mm)
Bequeathed by Henry Callcott Brunning, 1908
Primary Collection
NPG 1492(a)

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The column in the portrait is painted to imitate the red Belgian marble known as Rouge de Rance. Harding's watercolour records the original copper green glaze of the curtain which today has been lost through abrasion and fading. He copied the original portrait when it was in the collection of the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey.

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  • NPG 3800: Sir Nicholas Throckmorton (source portrait)

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  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 312

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Current affairs

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.

Art and science

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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