Sir Thomas Overbury
Sir Thomas Overbury
by Simon de Passe, after Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)
engraving, circa 1613
7 1/4 in. x 4 7/8 in. (183 mm x 125 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Sitterback to top
- Sir Thomas Overbury (1581-1613), Poet and courtier. Sitter associated with 18 portraits.
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The courtier and poet Thomas Overbury had opposed the relationship between Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset and Frances Howard, who was married to the Earl of Essex. Overbury was subsequently poisoned in the Tower of London and the resulting murder investigation saw the indictment of the pair of lovers, who had since married. The inscription at the bottom is a lamentation on his ill luck and false friendships.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Bolland, Charlotte, Tudor & Jacobean Portraits, 2018, p. 72
- Charles Nicholl, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 97
- Nicholl, Charles, Insights: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, 2005, p. 79
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Plots, Intrigue and Murder from 1580 - 1700 (25 May 2013 - 8 December 2013)
- Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (7 July 2007 - 9 December 2007)
Events of 1613back to top
Current affairsEarl of Suffolk's daughter, Francis Howard marries the king's favourite, Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset. Only months before, courtier Sir Thomas Overbury who opposed the marriage, dies in the Tower; by 1615 the couple are convicted of his murder.
James I's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, marries Frederick V, elector palatine.
Art and scienceOne of the most important dramatists of the age, John Fletcher, collaborates with William Shakespeare on two plays, Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen.
The Globe Theatre burns down during a performance of William Shakespeare's Henry VIII.