FEATURES: FROM THE ARCHIVES: THE STORY BEHIND A HANS HOLBEIN PRINT IN KENNETH MORE’S STUDY

Not many people know that Kenneth More was distantly related to Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) who was Chancellor to Henry VIII, and Lord High Chancellor of England from 1529 to 1532, he was put to death for ‘maliciously denying the royal Supremacy’, when Henry VIII was married to his second wife, Anne Boleyn. He was subsequently maid a martyr by the Catholic Church and became a Saint.

The print above was a copy of a preparatory drawing of a larger portrait pained by German artist Hans Holbein.

Kenneth More kept this print in his study throughout his life and it now resides win the late actor’s archives.

When Kenneth More passed away, his memorial booklet included a quote from Sir Thomas More on the cover: ‘Pray for me, and I shall pray for you and all your friends that we may merrily meet in heaven.’