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1. Thomas More and Family - the Rowland Lockey painting in Nostell Priory
(near Wakefield, West Yorkshire)

Rowland Lockey's painting after Holbein the Younger

Rowland Lockey painted this portrait of Thomas More and his family between 1593 and 1594, it is a copy of an earlier painting by Hans Holbein completed in the 1520s, which no longer exists. (See the sketch by Holbein at the V & A, follow the link below.)

There is a similar painting by Rowland Lockey, partly a copy of the painting by Hans Holbein, that includes additional members of the More family.
(find out more: see para 2 below and visit the Victoria & Albert Museum "Explore More" section,
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/british_galleries/explore_more/index.html).
The painting shown above is in Nostell Priory near Wakefield, West Yorkshire - a National Trust property.

The people in the painting at para 1 (above).

The More family inRowland Lockey's painting in Nostell Priory

From left to right: 1. Margaret Clement, née Giggs (1505 - 1544), adopted daughter of Thomas More and wife of Dr. John Clement; 2. Elizabeth Dauncey, née More (1506-1564), second daughter of Sir Thomas More and wife of Sir William Dauncey; 3. Sir John More* (c.1450-1530), Thomas More's father; 4. Anna Cresacre* (1511-1577), fiancée of John More II; 5. Sir Thomas More, the saint (1478 - 1535)*; 6. John More II* (1510-1547), More's son; 7. Henry Patenson (Patterson?) (More's "Fool"); 8. Cecily Heron, née More (b. 1507. Death unknown)
, More's youngest daughter and wife of Giles Heron; 9. An unmarked man, reading in a back room; 10. Margaret Roper, née More (1505-1544), More's eldest daughter and wife of William Roper; 11. Mystery man, the subject of some speculation, 12. Lady Alice, née Middleton (b. 1471. Death unknown), second wife of Sir Thomas More).

(* Ancestors of Charles Waterton the Naturalist)


2. The sketch by Hans Holbein for his "lost" painting.
The painting above (para 1), attributed to Rowland Lockey, is a later copy of the Holbein original, for which this is the sketch.

Hans Holbein sketch
(Victoria & Albert Museum)


3. Thomas More and Family - by Rowland Lockey (Victoria & Albert Museum)


(Victoria & Albert Museum)

Thomas More II probably commissioned Rowland Lockey to paint this picture to serve as a reminder to future generations of the strong Catholic faith of the More family. It was painted between 1593 and 1594. It is partly a copy of a painting by Hans Holbein completed in the 1520s, which no longer survives. The sketch for the original painting is shown above.

The people in the painting at para 3 (above).

people in the picture

From left to right: 1. Sir John More* (c.1450-1530), Thomas More's father;2. Anna Cresacre* (1511-1577), fiancée of John More II; 3. Sir Thomas More, the saint (1478 - 1535)*; 4. John More II* (1510-1547), More's son; 5. Cecily Heron, née More (b. 1507. Death unknown), More's youngest daughter and wife of Giles Heron; 6. Henry Patenson (Patterson?), More's "Fool"; 7. Elizabeth Dauncey, née More (1506-1564), second daughter of Sir Thomas More and wife of Sir William Dauncey; 8. Margaret Roper, née More (1505-1544), More's eldest daughter and wife of William Roper; 9. John More III (1557 - 1599), the eldest son of Thomas More II and grandson of Sir Thomas More. 10. Thomas More II * (1531 - 1606), Sir Thomas More's grandson; 11. Cresacre More* (1572-1649), Sir Thomas More's great-grandson, the youngest son of Thomas More II and his wife Maria. 12. Maria (Mary) More*, née Scrope (1534 - 1607), the wife of Thomas More II (Sir Thomas More's grandson).

(* Ancestors of Charles Waterton the Naturalist)


4. Absent and Present

People in the first painting but not in the second:
1. Margaret Clement
, née Giggs (1505 - 1544), adopted daughter of Thomas More and wife of Dr. John Clement
9. An unmarked man
, reading in a back room.
11. Mystery man, the subject of some speculation.
12. Lady Alice, née Middleton (b. 1471. Death unknown), second wife of Sir Thomas More).

People in the second painting but not in the first:
9. John More III
(1557 - 1599), the eldest son of Thomas More II and grandson of Sir Thomas More.
10. Thomas More II
(1531 - 1606), Sir Thomas More's grandson;
11. Cresacre More
(1572-1649), Sir Thomas More's great-grandson, the youngest son of Thomas More II and his wife Maria. (see # below)
12. Maria (Mary) More, née Scrope (1534 - 1607), the wife of Thomas More II (Sir Thomas More's grandson).

11. Mystery man: Is he John Harris, More's secretary perhaps, or one of the "Princes in the Tower"? Read more in Jack Leslau's article: Holbein, Sir Thomas More & the Princes in the Tower, The Hans Holbein Foundation resource centre for research and development, Vol. V, No. 3., August 2004, (http://www.holbeinartworks.org/index.html).

Note
# Cresacre More

Cresacre became the heir after his elder brothers John III and Henry died, and his other brother Thomas became a Catholic priest.
In about 1631, Cresacre wrote a Life of Sir Thomas More, which was re-published many times in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries


Rowland Lockey, 1593

Yet another portrait by Rowland Lockey (after Hans Holbein the Younger).
This one was painted in 1593. It is in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Thomas More & Family - the painting by Rowland Lockey in Nostell Priory
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Nostell Priory and Parkland
Doncaster Road, Nostell,
near Wakefield,
West Yorkshire
WF4 1QE
National Trust




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