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Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants

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Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants

after Rowland Lockey, after Hans Holbein the Younger
gelatin silver print, (1593-1594)
89 1/2 in. x 130 in. (2274 mm x 3302 mm)
Given by Donald Macbeth, 1935
Reference Collection
NPG D39014

Artistsback 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.
  • Rowland Lockey (active 1593-1616), Artist. Artist associated with 3 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • Elizabeth Dauncey (née More) (1506-1564), Second daughter of Sir Thomas More; wife of William Dauncey. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • Cecily Heron (née More) (born 1507), Youngest daughter of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Anne More (née Cresacre) (1511-1577), Wife of John More, son of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 8 portraits.
  • Cresacre More (1572-1649), Great-grandson and biographer of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Sir John More (circa 1451-1530), Judge; father of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • John More (1510-1547), Son of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 9 portraits.
  • John More (1557-1599?), Eldest son of Thomas More II. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Maria More (née Scrope) (1534-1607), Wife of Thomas More II. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Lord Chancellor; classical scholar; author of 'Utopia'; saint; canonised 1935. Sitter associated with 54 portraits.
  • Thomas More II (1531-1606), Grandson of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Margaret Roper (1505-1544), Daughter of Sir Thomas More. Sitter in 7 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 2765: Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants (based on same portrait)

Events of 1593back to top

Current affairs

Plays and games are banned because of the Plague, which had killed 15,000 people in London the previous year.
Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex is made a Privy Councillor.
The theologian Richard Hooker publishes Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, the first systematic defence of the principals of the Elizabethan Church.

Art and science

The playwright Christopher Marlowe dies after receiving a stab wound in a tavern brawl.
William Shakespeare writes the epic poem Venus and Adonis.
The group portrait of Sir Thomas More with his family and descendants is painted by Rowland Lockey. It is partly copied from an earlier portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger (1527-8).


Henry IV of France converts from Protestantism to Catholicism to secure the support of the majority of his subjects.
The Convention of Uppsala demands that Sigismund III of Poland accepts Lutheranism as the national Religion of Sweden.

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