19th century line engraving of Thomas Radcliff by Richard Godfrey
An original line engraving laid down on wove paper. Excellent condition some fading to the outer margins.
11 cm x 17 cm plate size Unframed
Radcliffe served in the army in France and on diplomatic missions abroad. In the last years of Henry VIII's reign, he figured in court ceremonial occasions, and he was a canopy bearer at Henry's funeral. He served as Lord Deputy of Ireland under Mary I (1556-8) and again (1559-64) under Elizabeth I, who gave him the title of Lord Lieutenant. During his administration, English influence in Ireland was forcefully extended. In 1568, Sussex became Lord Lieutenant of the North, and he aided in the suppression of the revolt (1569-70) of the Earls of Northumberland and Westmorland. Sussex's desire for Elizabeth to marry outside England brought him into sharp conflict with the Earl of Leicester.
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