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Sir Thomas Chaloner

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Thomas Chaloner was a talented diplomat and scholar who served under four Tudor monarchs. He escaped from drowning off the cost of Algeria in 1541, and was knighted after fighting in England's defeat of the Scots at the Battle of Pinkie (1547). He contributed to the unsuccessful marriage negotiations between Elizabeth I and Prince Maximilian of the Holy Roman Empire (1558), and served as Ambassador to Spain (1562–1565). Today he is primarily remembered as the first English translator of Desiderus Erasmus's Praise of Folly (1549).

National Portrait Gallery, London



Sir Thomas Chaloner




oil on panel


H 71.1 x W 54.6 cm

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Purchased, 1929

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