Edward Fiennes de Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln (1512-1585)




Hans Eworth, British, Flemish, 1520-1573

Object Info

Object: painting
Currently on view
Object ID: TL-17953


Oil paint on panel


Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust

More Info


diameter: 25 1/2 in, 64.7700 cm; frame height: 34 3/8 in, 87.3125 cm; frame width: 34 3/8 in, 87.3125 cm; frame depth: 2 7/8 in, 7.3025 cm


European and American Art Before 1900


European Painting and Sculpture before 1900

Known Provenance

Private collection; Lempertz Auktion, Cologne, Germany, 1994, lot 1343 (as “Kaisers Marc Aurel” [Emperor Marcus Aurelius]); with Lane Fine Art, London, 1996; from which acquired by Simon R. Gillespie Studio, London; from which acquired by William M. B. Berger and Bernadette Johnson Berger, Denver, 1997; Berger Collection Educational Trust; on loan to the Denver Art Museum, TL-17953. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.


Hans Eworth 
Flemish, about 1520–1574, active in England
Edward Fiennes de Clinton, 1st Earl of Lincoln (1512–1585), 1550
Oil paint on wood panel
Signed in monogram, dated, and inscribed with the sitter’s age on armor at bottom, partially obscured by frame edge, ÆTATIS. 38 1550; inscribed at top, INVIDIA TORQVET AVTOREM:   
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-17953

Extended Info

Religious wars swept through Europe and Britain in the 1500s as Catholics and Protestants battled each other. In England, members of the newly founded Anglican Church left home to fight alongside fellow Protestants. One such warrior is pictured here as a Roman emperor. The painting’s round form and Latin inscription—Invidia torquet autorem (“Let envy torment its author”)—derive from ancient Roman medallions.

Exhibition History

  • “Treasures from the Berger Collection: British Paintings 1400-2000” — Denver Art Museum, 10/2/2014 – 9/9/2018