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

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Seven of the figures derive from Holbein's group portrait Sir Thomas More with his Family and Household (1527–1528), which was destroyed in the eighteenth century. Its appearance is recorded in a copy by Lockey at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, and in Holbein's preliminary drawing in the Kuntsmuseum, Basle, reproduced four of the figures probably painted from life by Lockey. The portrait of Anne More, hanging in the background, is presumably a copy of a portrait of c.1560. The sitters, with their coats of arms displayed above them, are (from left to right): Sir John More (1451?–1530), Judge, Father of Sir Thomas More; Ann Cresacre (1511–1577), wife of John More II; Sir Thomas More (1478–1535), Lord Chancellor; John More II (1510–1547), only son of Sir Thomas More; Cecily More (b.

National Portrait Gallery, London



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




oil on canvas


H 227.4 x W 330.2 cm

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Bequeathed by Emslie John Horniman, 1935

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