(d? Antwerp, before May 1579). Netherlandish painter, jeweller, and goldsmith active mainly in England, though he also spent time in Antwerp, Calais, and Portugal. He is first documented in Antwerp in 1540. He joined the Painters Guild that same year and had travelled to London, perhaps due to religious persecution, by 1550. About 50 monogrammed paintings and drawings from 1549 to 1573 are known, with another 20 or so that are potentially by his hand or workshop.
He is perhaps best known for his beautiful allegorical works, including the magnificent allegorical portrait of Sir John Luttrell (1550, Courtauld Institute of Art) and his Queen Elizabeth and the Three Goddesses (1569, Royal Collection). His most intriguing portraits include the stunning pair of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (Private Collection, 1563) and his wife, Margaret Audley (English Heritage, 1562), and the double portrait of Mary Nevill, Lady Dacre, and her son, Gregory Fiennes, 10th Baron Dacre (1559, National Portrait Gallery). He was an outstanding painter and an important figure in Anglo-Netherlandish painting history in the sixteenth century.
Text source: Hope Walker, www.hanseworth.com