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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). Bust length, facing three-quarters left. Parr wears a hat adorned with badges and a feather, a fur-edged gown and a medallion. The figure is surrounded by studies of details of the 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 centre 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.
Charles II, King of Great Britain (1630-85)