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Portrait print - Sir Paul Pindar

Sir Paul Pindar

  • Object:

    Portrait print

  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    1794 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Trotter, Thomas (engraver)
    Simco, J. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Miss Anne Geraldine Hill

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 56

Sir Paul Pindar (ca 1565-1650) was a merchant and diplomat. He was born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and educated at Wellingborough Grammar School. Pindar initially entered the trade as the apprentice to an Italian merchant in London who sent him to Venice in 1584 at the age of eighteen. He was later involved in trade with the Ottoman Empire. He eventually became secretary to the English ambassador in Constantinople, Henry Lello and later ambassador himself. During this period he amassed a great fortune which enabled him to build for himself a fine mansion in Bishopgate Street Without, London just beyond the City walls. The facade of this house was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1890 when the Great Eastern Railway enlarged the site of Liverpool Street Station and demolished the building. The facade is one of the largest objects in the Museum and is an extremely rare survival of a London timber-framed house built before the Great Fire of London in 1666.

Physical description

Portrait of Sir Paul Pindar half-length facing front

Place of Origin

England (printed)


1794 (printed)


Trotter, Thomas (engraver)
Simco, J. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Sir Paul Pindar..Anno 1614. Constantinopoli


Height: 13.0 cm size of sheet, Width: 12.5 cm size of sheet, Height: 11.4 cm size of image, Width: 9.0 cm size of image

Object history note

The complete engraving also shows a portrait of Ralph Pindar, brother of Sir Paul Pindar, at the age of 31, from a portrait also painted in Constantinople in 1614. An impression of that part of the engraving showing Ralph Pindar alone is E.3805-1934.

Descriptive line

Engaved portrait of Sir Paul Pindar by Thomas Trotter after an anonymous painting of 1614; 1794

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1943, London: HMSO, 1956.

Production Note

After an anonymous original painted in 1614


Portraits; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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