William Sommers.King Henry the Eighth's Jester, from an ancient Picture in the Collection of Richard Aldworth Neville Esq.r
Pubd. Octo.r 1.st 1794 by Caulfield & Herbert.
Coloured stipple, printed in colours. 190 x 140mm. 7½ x 5½". Trimmed to platemark and glued to backing sheet.
Portrait; head and shoulders smiling at the viewer through railings across a trompe-l'oeil window, left hand on the ledge, right touching the railings, pointing, wearing a plain dark doublet and beret with a small ruff. William Sommers (d.1560) was the best-known court jester who served for Henry VIII and Edward VI.
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