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Biography of George Gower Painter 1540-1596

Around 1540 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 was born.

Around 1574 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (34). Portrait of Charles Somerset 1587-1665. Armorial top left quarterly 1&4 Beaufort Arms with a yellow band top and bottom 2 Unknown Arms 3 Woodville Arms his great x 4 grandfather Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers 1405-1469.

Around 1574 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (34). Portrait of Charles Somerset 1587-1665. Armorial top left quarterly 1&4 Beaufort Arms with a yellow band top and bottom 2 Unknown Arms 3 Woodville Arms his great x 4 grandfather Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers 1405-1469.

Around 1574 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (34). Portrait of Elizabeth Cornwallis 1541-1628.

Around 1574 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (34). Portrait of Elizabeth Cornwallis 1541-1628.

Around 1575 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (35). Portrait of Philip Howard 20th Earl Arundel 1557-1595 (17).

Around 1577 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (37). Portrait of Richard Drake 1535-1603 (42).

Around 1577 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (37). Portrait of Richard Drake 1535-1603 (42).
The heraldic escutcheon shows seven quarters as follows:
1: Drake of Ash Arms. Drake of Ash in the parish of Musbury_Devon
2: Argent, on a Chief Gules three Cinquefoils of the first; Billet of Ash
3: Gules, on a Fess Argent Two Mullets Sable; Hamton of Rockbere and Ash
4: Ermine, on a Chief Indented Sable three crosslets fitchee or; Orwey of Orwey and Ash
5: Barry of seven Argent and Sable
6: Azure, six lioncels rampant Argent crowned Gules, 3, 2, 1; Forde of Forde
7: Argent, Two Chevrons Sable (Esse/Ash of Ash);Esse/Ash of Ash

In 1579 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (39).Self-portrait.

In 1579 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (39).The Plimton Sieve Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (45).

In 1581 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (41) was appointed Serjeant Painter to Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (47).

Around 1546. William Scrots 1517-1553 (29). Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (12) before her accession painted for her father.

Around 1570 Hans Eworth 1520-1574 (50). Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (36).

In 1572 Nicholas Hilliard Painter 1547-1619 (25) painted the "Pelican Portrait" of Elizabeth I (38).
The Pelican being the pendant hung from her necklace of pearls; pearls a symbol of virginity.Pelicans traditionally used as sign of self-sacrifice since the Pelican was believed to peck at her own breast to feed her young; the symbolism meaning Elizabeth had sacrificed herself for England.
Other details include the highly decorated armlet above her elbow and many jewels over her red velvet gown and headress.The two cherries tucked into her right ear possibly refer to her virginity; possibly an over-interpretation of the modern use of cherry.
Research in 2010 found the painting used wood from the same tree used for the Phoenix Portrait.

In 1572 Nicholas Hilliard Painter 1547-1619 (25) painted the "Phoenix Portrait" of Elizabeth I (38).
Research in 2010 found the painting used wood from the same tree used for the Pelican Portrait.

Around 1592 Marcus Gheeraerts 1562-1636 (30).The Ditchley Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (58).

After 1585 Unknown Artist. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland.

Around 1563 Steven van der Meulen Painter -1564. Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland (29).

Around 1582 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (42). Portrait of Mary Cornwallis Countess Bath, Count Eu -1627.

Around 1582 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (42). Portrait of Mary Cornwallis Countess Bath, Count Eu -1627.

Before 1596 George Gower Painter 1540-1596. Portrait of Elizabeth Knollys 1549-1605 with Elephant Crest the Knollys Arms on her right.

Before 1596 George Gower Painter 1540-1596. Portrait of Elizabeth Knollys 1549-1605 with Elephant Crest the Knollys Arms on her right.

Before 1596 George Gower Painter 1540-1596. Portrait of Lettice Knollys Countess Essex 1543-1634 with the Knollys Arms with Elephant Crest on her right.

Before 1596 George Gower Painter 1540-1596. Portrait of Lettice Knollys Countess Essex 1543-1634 with the Knollys Arms with Elephant Crest on her right.

In 1596 George Gower Painter 1540-1596 (56) died.