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William Paget, 1st Baron Paget

by Unknown Flemish artist
oil on panel, 1549
17 3/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (451 mm x 362 mm)
Purchased, 1894
NPG 961

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Dr Elena Kosmopoulou

04 February 2017, 08:11

The medallion seems to be St George on horseback, a reference to the battle of Nafpaktos (7 October 1571). The Flemish connection with Byzantium, was at least since the time of Baldwin IX, who sacked Constantinople during the forth crusade in 1204 and their subsequent presence in the City, where 'feeble Flemish counts tottered uneasily on the great golden throne of Constantinople' (Brian de Johgh). I am not an expert on the field but if I was researching further the topic I would look at the veterans of this battle and maybe even a royal connection. There is a church of St. George in Nafpaktos.

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