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Thomas Knyvet or Knyvett (1545–1622) was a member of a prominent Wiltshire landowning family as the second son of Sir Henry Knvyet of Charlton. Having attended Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1564–1565, soon afterward his family links gained him the position of Gentleman of the Bedchamber to Elizabeth I – in which guise he appears in this fine portrait, fashionably dressed in order to emphasize his wealth and status.
oil on panel
H 99.1 x W 71.7 cm (E)
CVCSC : 0257.B