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

British (English) School

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1560 - 1599

Materials

Oil on oak panel

Measurements

529 x 430 mm

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Collection

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 1129160

Caption

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

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.

Provenance

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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