Object Title

Drawing - Sir Richard Southwell

Drawing - Sir Richard Southwell



Object Number



Purchased, Christies 9 December, 1955, lot 2.

Physical Description

Portrait of Sir Richard Southwell (1504-1564), related to the drawing of him by Holbein at Windsor Castle and the portrait, also by Holbein in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.


Pen and Ink drawing



Dimensions: 8.5 in x 5.75 in (21.6 x 14.6 cm)



Sir Richard Southwell was Lord of the Manor of Woodrising, Norfolk, and there is a monument to him in the church there, with funeral helmet and crest which was repaired in the Tower of London, 1956.

He is the subject of a detailed notice in both the Dictionary of National Biography and the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and was the elder brother of Sir Robert Southwell (d. 1559), Master of the Rolls. The Southwells were a Suffolk family who had prospered in the service of Henry VII and were close connections of the Howard Dukes of Norfolk, until Richard Southwell helped bring down the earl of Surrey in 1546. He held a number of government positions during his career. His loyalty to Queen Mary during Wyatt's Rebellion in 1554 led to his restoration to the Privy Council and appointment as Master of the Ordnance and Master of the Armouries (11 May 1554-31 July 1559). He died 11 January, 1563-4.

Framed removed 27/05/02.