Religion Magazine

Dead Bishop

By Nicholas Baines

Sandys & Baines (National Portrait Gallery)The National Portrait Gallery in London has an excellent exhibition on Elizabeth I and Her People.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to write a brief blog post for the NPG site on one of the portraits, Edwin Sandys (1519?-88) and his wife Cecily Wilford (d.1611) by an unknown English artist, after 1576 © Bishopthorpe Palace, York. I did so and it has gone up today with a photo of me in front of the portrait.

Clearly, Sandys was a miserable man; but, he made the most of Elizabeth’s permission for the clergy to marry by having nine children.

It is a brilliant exhibition, bringing together some portraits that have not been exhibited in public before. Definitely worth a visit, but look at the website anyway and follow the other ‘occupational’ blogs that will be going up gradually.

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