Reginald Pole (1500-1558), Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 1129160

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1560 - 1599
Materials Oil on oak panel
Measurements 529 x 430 mm
Place of origin
Collection Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

Reginald Pole was the son of Sir Richard Pole and Margaret Plantagenet, who was born at Stourton Castle in Staffordshire. His life was spent trying to reform the Catholic Church, at odds with the ruling monarch, Henry VIII. In 1549 he was almost elected Pope, in succession to Paul III. In December 1555, he was raised to cardinal-priest, and appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. He died on the same day as Mary I, and was therefore spared seeing the collapse of all relations with Rome – a cause which he had devoted his life.

Summary description

Oil painting on oak panel, Reginald Pole (1500-1558), Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury, British (English) School, late 16th century. A half-length portrait, turned slightly to the left, gazing to the left, dressed in cardidnal's scarlet robes, lawn sleeves and biretta.


In inventory of the contents of Hardwick Hall made in 1601 and attached to the will of Elizabeth Hardwick,Countess of Shrewsbury (c.1520-1608); and thence by descent until, following the death of Edward William Spencer Cavendish, 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895 - 1950), Hardwick Hall and its contents were accepted by HM Treasury in part payment of death duties and transferred to the National Trust, in 1959

Credit line

Hardwick Hall, The Devonshire Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to The National Trust in 1959)

Marks and inscriptions

above Cardenall Pooll

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum) (6110)
Periods 16th century (6315)
Maker British (English) School (3778)
Subjects Cardinal Reginald Pole (1500-1558), Cardinal-Archbishop of Canterbury (3)
Object Type Oil painting (14421)

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