Cardinal John Fisher (1469-1535), Bishop of Rochester

c. 1540
Northern Netherlands
oil and gilding on oak
25 x 19 x 2 cm

An intimate portrait of Cardinal John Fisher (c. 1469-June 1535), Bishop of Rochester and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
This is the earliest painted portrait known to have survived of this great Englishman and Catholic martyr.

Provenance:
With Pietro Accorsi (1891-1982), Turin, 1961 (the remains of his paper label on the reverse);
Private collection, Ticino, Switzerland

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