William Parr, later Marquess of Northampton (1513-1571)
A portrait drawing of William Parr (1513-1571), brother of Queen Katherine Parr, created Marquess of Northampton in 1546/7 (after Holbein's death). A bust length portrait facing three-quarters to the left. He wears a hat adorned with badges and a feather, a fur-edged gown and a medallion. The figure is surrounded by studies of jewellery. Inscribed by the artist: wis felbet (white velvet), burpor felbet (purple velvet), wis satin (white satin), w (for weiss, white) five times, Gl (gold) twice, gros (size) and MORS (death). Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at middle right: William Pa...Marquis o(f) Northam(p):ton.
Aged eleven, William Parr entered the household of the King's illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy. He was appointed a Knight of the Garter in April 1543 and his sister Katherine became Henry's sixth wife a few months later. Parr's renowned good looks and elegance were skilfully captured by Holbein, who made copious notes about his dress and jewels on this drawing.