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Edward Goodman of Ruthin (1476-1560)

BRITISH SCHOOL, 16th Century

Edward Goodman of Ruthin (1476-1560)

Media: oil on panel

Size: 56.4 x 44.8 cm

Acquired: 1930; Bequest; The Hon. Mrs Lawrence Brodrick

Accession Number: NMW A 3450

Edward Goodman wears a square cap and scarlet, fur-trimmed gown, fitting for a prosperous tradesman. His portrait is full of symbols which refer to the newly-established Protestant beliefs of that time. He holds a scroll inscribed Offeren pawb yn i gallon (Each man’s prayer is in his heart). This refers to the core Protestant belief that all Christians should be allowed to praise God directly, rather than through a priest.  Two mottoes also appear at the top right. 'HEB DDVW DDIM/DVW A DIGON' ('Without God, without anything, God is enough'). This is followed by 'BE HVMBL AND MEEKE/SOBRIE IVSTE PIE' ('Be humble and meek/Soberly, justly, piously').

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