This three-quarter length portrait of Thomas Wilson shows the sitter seated with a document in his right hand. He wears a black bonnet, a black doublet, neck and wrist ruffs and a fur-edged black surcoat. The artist of the original work is unknown, but it is thought to have been painted in the Low Countries during the sitter’s embassy of November 1574 to March 1575. This is a copy after an original painting which is now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery.
Thomas Wilson (1525-1581) Secretary of State, diplomat and humanist; British Envoy to Portugal 1567-8
Oil on canvas
height: 105.50 cm, width: 82.00 cm
Transferred from the National Portrait Gallery, July 1951
Collection of the British Museum; transferred to the National Portrait Gallery in 1879 (NPG 592); exchanged with orignal version (then in the collection of the Ministry of Works, now NPG 3799) in 1951 [Original version: Sold through Christie's, London, on 19 January 1951; from whom purchased by Leggatt Brothers; from whom purchased by Ministry of Works]
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