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Sir Nicholas Poyntz

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on paper, mounted onto panel, circa 1530-1599
16 1/4 in. x 11 1/2 in. (415 mm x 292 mm)
Purchased, 1983
Primary Collection
NPG 5583

Sitterback to top

  • Sir Nicholas Poyntz (1510-1556), Courtier and Sheriff of Gloucestershire. 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 308 portraits, Sitter associated with 25 portraits.

This portraitback to top

The portrait is a good version after a lost original drawing of the mid-1530s by Hans Holbein. A later inscription either side of the head wrongly identifies the sitter as Sir Thomas Palmer.

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Current affairs

The Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is arrested for treason after failing to secure the annulment of Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon. He dies at Leicester Abbey on his way from York to the Tower of London.
Thomas Cromwell becomes a member of the King's Council.

Art and science

The Frisian mathematician and cartographer Gemma Frisius publishes De Principiis Astronomiae Cosmographicae (On the Principles of Astronomy and Cosmography). It features the first description of how longitude could be determined by means of time difference.


The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V is formally crowned by Pope Clement VII and invested with the Kingdom of Naples.
The Augsburg Confession is presented to Charles V. Written by the German theologian Philip Melanchthon, this statement of Protestant belief is one of the principal documents of the reformation.
The Florentine Republic is defeated by the forces of the Holy Roman Empire and the Medici family restored to power.

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