Thomas Wolsey Cardinal ad Archbishop of York &c.
Engraving, a fine impression. Plate 342 x 215mm. 13½ x 8½". Slightly trimmed along right-hand edge.
Portrait; half length, in profile to the right, holding a scroll in one hand, gesturing with two fingers with the other; wearing cardinal's hat and robes, a window and curtain in background. Plate from Mechell's edition of Paul de Rapin-Thoyras, 'The History of England'. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c.1475-1530) almoner to King Henry VIII, and by 1514 he had become the controlling figure in virtually all matters of state and was extremely powerful within the Church. When he was made cardinal in 1515, it ultimately gave him precedence even over the Archbishop of Canterbury. One of his main legacies was his interest in architecture, in particular his home of Hampton Court Palace.
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