The Wallace Collection

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Thomas, Lord Coventry
  • Laurence Hillard (1582 - 1648)
  • Thomas, Lord Coventry
  • England
  • after 1625
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum
  • Image size: 5.8 x 4.3 cm
    Frame size: 11.9 x 9.3 cm
    Overall size: 12.8 x 9.3 cm, with hook
  • Inscription: 'Dominus, thomas, Coventrie, Custossigilli, / Ditissimus Thesaurus Cordis Conscientia - sana, -.' In gold
  • M202
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • The sitter is Thomas, 1st Baron Coventry of Aylesborough (1578-1640). He was appointed Solicitor-General in 1617, Attorney-General in 1621, and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal in 1625. He became first Baron Coventry in 1628. He is depicted wearing a black doublet and holding the Great Seal, which he received in 1625. The style is considered to be a weaker interpretation of that of Nicholas Hilliard, and the post-1625 date would indicate that it is by the master’s fourth son, Laurence Hilliard (1582-1647/8).