The Lively Portraicture of Sir Thomas Overbury

Method Copper engraving
Artist Simon van de Passe
Published c. 1613
Dimensions Image 77 x 63 mm, Plate 116 x 66 mm, Sheet 117 x 68 mm
Notes A half length portrait of Sir Thomas Overbury, aged 32, wearing a lace collar in an oval frame, with five lines of his poem A Wife below:

A man's best fortune or is worst's a wife:
Yet, I that knew nor mariage peace nor strife,
Live by a good, by a bad one lost my life.

A wife like her I writ, min scarce can wed:
Of a false friend like mine, man scarce hath read.

Sir Thomas Overbury (baptized 1581 – 14 September 1613) was an English poet and essayist, and a favourite of James I who was also known for being the victim of a murder which led to a scandalous trial in the court of James I. His poem A Wife (also referred to as The Wife), which depicted the virtues that a young man should demand of a woman, played a large role in the events that precipitated his murder


O'Donoghe 3, Hind 42a

Condition: Trimmed to the plate mark, some light foxing, and some ink stains across the image
Framing mounted
Price £45.00
Stock ID 40365

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