Pear Tree Gallery

The family of Sir Thomas More
by Hans Holbein
 
c.1530
 
The room looks prosperous. It has a panelled ceiling, the walls are covered with hangings and the windows are glazed. A massive ornately canopied cupboard with linenfold panels on the left is complimented by the porch entrance, also with carved canopy and linenfold panels, and a pendulum clock hangs on the wall. Despite the signs of wealth, comfort is limited. Sir Thomas and his elderly father share a plain bench settle and the rest of the family stand or sit on the floor. There is a plank end stool being used as a reading desk and there's a small footstool.