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Thomas More & Family - Paintings by Rowland Lockey

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

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,in part 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).
The painting shown above is in Nostell Priory near Wakefield, West Yorkshire - a National Trust property.

Thomas More, the people in the picture.1b. The people in the painting in section 1a (above).

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)


Thomas More. The sketch by Hans Holbein for his 'lost' painting.2a. Thomas More and Family - by Rowland Lockey
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, in part, 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 at section 2. (Victoria & Albert Museum)

Thomas More. The sketch by Hans Holbein for his 'lost' painting.2b. The people in the painting at section 2a (above).

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)


 

Thomas More 7 Family. The sketch by Hans Holbein for his 'lost' painting.3. 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.
(Victoria & Albert Museum)



4. Absent and Present

People in the first painting (section 1) but not in the second (2)
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 date not known), second wife of Sir Thomas More).

People in the second painting (2) but not in the first (1):
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, site accessed 6th January 2019).

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


Thomas More and family.5. 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.

Sitters
Elizabeth Dauncey (née More) (1506-1564), Second daughter of Sir Thomas More; wife of William Dauncey.
Cecily Heron (née More) (born 1507), Youngest daughter of Sir Thomas More.
Anne More (née Cresacre) (1511-1577), Wife of John More, son of Sir Thomas More.
Cresacre More* (1572-1649), Great-grandson and biographer of Sir Thomas More.
Sir John More* (circa 1451-1530), Judge; father of Sir Thomas More.
John More* (1510-1547), Son of Sir Thomas More.
John More (1557-1599?), Eldest son of Thomas More II.
Maria More (née Scrope) (1534-1607), Wife of Thomas More II.
Sir Thomas More*
(1478-1535), Lord Chancellor, classical scholar, author of 'Utopia' and canonized 1935.
Thomas More II* (1531-1606), Grandson of Sir Thomas More.
Margaret Roper (1505-1544), Daughter of Sir Thomas More.

(* Ancestors of Charles Waterton the Naturalist)


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