Artistic appointment at the English royal court. The successor to the medieval King's Painter, the Serjeant Painter was from 1527 until the mid-17th century the principal officer of the department at the English court responsible for the painted decoration of the royal residences, for the embellishment of ships, barges, coaches etc and for the provision of heraldic and other decorations for court festivals and royal funerals. The Serjeant Painter, who usually held this office for life, was not required to execute royal portraits, although a few of the early holders of the office, including George Gower (in office 1581–96) and John de Critz (in office 1605–42), were painters in the modern sense. The first to hold the office was John Brown, who was appointed Serjeant Painter in 1527, having previously been King's Painter.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.