Wolsey was a brilliant statesman, indispensable to the ambitions of King Henry VIII. By 1514 he was appointed Archbishop of York and became Cardinal and Chancellor of England in 1515. Although Bishop of Bath and Wells, he was never consecrated. In 1529 he failed to secure the divorce of Henry from Katherine of Aragon and fell from Royal favour. He died in 1530 before he could face trial for high treason. While Rector of Lymington in Somerset, he was placed in the stocks for offending a neighbour. His illegitimate son, Thomas Wynter, was Dean of Wells. As he died, Wolsey said "if I had served God as diligently as I have done the King, he would not have given me over in my grey hairs."
Where to see this painting?
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
Wells, Somerset, England, BA5 2PD
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.