Friday 27 April 2018

Sir William Petre bust John Cheere Codrington Library

The Codrington Library Plaster Busts by John Cheere - 
All Souls College, University of Oxford.

Part 3. Sir William Petre (1505 - 72).

Sir William Petre, by Unknown artist, 1567 - NPG 3816 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Petre

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 
924 mm x 711 mm.
Montacute House, Somerset

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Petre acquired the lease of the monastic lands at Montacute after the dissolution of the priory there in 1539. He sub-let to the Phelips family who built the present house at the end of the sixteenth century.
 The piece of paper which is depicted in this portrait of Petre as if attached to the wall is known as a 'cartellino'. It states that Petre was Secretary of State to Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. This form of cartellino was added to paintings in the collection of John, Lord Lumley and is not original to the portrait.

Sir William Petre (1506–1572/1573)

Sir William Petrie
William Holwell Carr (1758 - 1830)
Oil on Canvas
86.3 x 76.5 cms
Presented by the Artist in 1785.
University of Oxford.

This painting if not based on a missing original would appear to be at least partly basted on the Cheere bust - note the similarities in the head gear.

Image courtesy Art UK.


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