Lord Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk

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Lord Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk

Painted 1598

84 5/16 x 49 13/16 inches, 210.8 x 124.5 cm



  • with The Weiss Gallery, 1988, sold to
  • Kenwood House, English Heritage

We successfully restituted the previously lost identity of the finest surviving portrait of Lord Thomas Howard, later 1st Earl of Suffolk, who under the favour of James I rose as Lord Chamberlain to become one of the most powerful and richest men in England. His prodigious house Audley End, the largest in the country, was cryptically described by the King as ‘too big for a king but not for a Lord Treasurer’.

The painting was acquired by English Heritage to compliment the spectacular collection of full-lengths by William Larkin that had descended within the Earls of Suffolk and Berkshire families and which now are displayed at Kenwood House.

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