Maynard Vewicke

(fl. 1502—1525)

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(fl 1502–25). Painter, probably of Netherlandish origin, active in England. He enjoyed a long career at the courts of Henry VII and Henry VIII and is one of the few painters of pictures of this period in England whose existence is securely documented, although none of his works appears to survive. A reference in 1502 to a ‘Mynour, the Inglis payntour’, records that the painter had brought portraits of Henry VII, his queen and two of their children to James IV of Scotland; he remained in Scotland until 1503. It is not known whether these portraits were the work of Maynard himself. Again, a payment to him of 20s. recorded in the royal accounts in March 1505 for pictures need not have been for his own work. That Maynard was probably of Netherlandish origin is shown by a payment of 40s. in April 1506 to ‘Maynard Waywike Duchman’, although in 1511 he was called a Frenchman. In that year Maynard undertook to produce designs for the tomb effigy of Henry VII's mother Lady Margaret Beaufort (London, Westminster Abbey), which were carried out by the Italian sculptor Pietro Torrigiani in 1511–12, as well as providing posthumous portraits of her, including one stated in her executors’ accounts to be in Christ's College, Cambridge. A full-length portrait of Lady Margaret Beaufort survives there, but there is no provable connection with the payments to Vewicke. He is documented as living in the parish of All Hallows, London, in 1523. In a payment to him in September 1525 in Henry VIII's accounts he is named as ‘olde maynerd wewoke paynter’ and received 100s. as his half-year's wages.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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