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An original copperplate engraving on laid paper by English artist John Goldar (1729-1795) titled “Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk”, 1784. Comes from the “History of England” portfolio. Printed and published by Harrison & Co for Paul Rapin de Thoyras in London, UK. Recently framed in gold moulding and silk cotton mats from Holland. All archival. Framed size: 20.25″ x 15.25″. Platemark size: 12.25″ x 8″. Image size (with border): 8″ x 6.75″. Some faint foxing associated with age. In otherwise very good condition.
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk KG PC (1473 – 25 August 1554), was a prominent English politician and nobleman of the Tudor era. He was an uncle of two of the wives of King Henry VIII, namely Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, both of whom were beheaded, and played a major role in the machinations affecting these royal marriages. After falling from favour in 1546, he was stripped of his dukedom and imprisoned in the Tower of London, avoiding execution when Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547. He was released on the accession of the Roman Catholic queen, Mary I, whom he aided in securing her throne, thus setting the stage for tensions between his Catholic family and the Protestant royal line that would be continued by Mary I’s half-sister, Elizabeth I.