Lot 28
  • 28

Follower of Hans Holbein the Younger 1497/8-1543

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  • Sir Peter Paul Rubens
  • Portrait of Alderman Robert Trappes (1479-1560)
  • charged u.l. with the arms of the Goldsmith's Company, and further charged u.r. with the sitter's coat of arms and inscribed:ANNO DNI 1554 / AETATIS SUAE.75
  • oil on panel
half length, wearing a fur trimmed cloak and a red doublet, holding a bible


By descent from the sitter to Elizabeth Holford, niece of Thomas Trappes;
Elizabeth Thurland, her sister-in-law, whose daughter married Philip Broke and thence by descent


Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1912, no.45 (lent by Lord de Saumarez) 


Edmund Farrer, Portraits in East Suffolk Houses, MSS, Vol. II, p. 161, no. 43 in the list of pictures at Broke Hall

Catalogue Note

The sitter was the son of Thomas Trappes of Theydon Bois in Essex. Apprenticed in 1502 to William Flynte, he was admitted to the Livery of the Goldsmith's Company in 1515, serving as Prime Warden in 1533 and 1539. He was Alderman of Tower Ward in the City of London in 1534, and from 1534 to 1549 lived at the Helmet in Cornhill. Both he and his wife Joan were benefactors to the Goldsmith's Company and their daughter Joyce (1531-1587) was an important philanthropist, founding scholarships in several colleges, notably Lincoln College, Oxford, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. There are portraits of Robert and Joan Trappes at Gonville and Caius College.