Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Delaram, Francis

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DELARAM, FRANCIS (d. 1627), engraver, was contemporary with Elstracke, William and Simon de Passe, and Payne, and probably taught by them. He was but thirty-seven years old at the time of his death, which is supposed to have taken place in London in 1627. His works, which are executed in a stiff but neat manner, are much sought by collectors. They are chiefly portraits. His plates are: William Somers, ‘King Heneryes (VIII) Jester,’ after Holbein; Henry VIII; Queen Mary I, in oval frame (holding the supplication of Thomas Hongar); Sir Thomas Gresham; Queen Elizabeth, after her death; James I (equestrian); Henry, prince of Wales, son of James I, in the robes of the Garter; James Mountagu, bishop of Winchester, 1617; Arthurus Severus O'Toole Nonesuch, ætatis 80, 1618 (he was a military adventurer who distinguished himself against the Irish rebels); Henry Percy, earl of Northumberland; W. Burton of Falde; Sir Henry Mountagu (chief justice of the king's bench); Sir William Segar; Robert Abbot; John, bishop of Lincoln; Frederick, elector palatine; Charles, prince of Wales (an equestrian portrait, with a view of Richmond palace in the distance, exceedingly rare; an impression is in the British Museum); Mathias de Lobel; Sir Horatio Vere; George Withers, poet; Frances, duchess of Richmond and Lenox; and a frontispiece to ‘Nero Cæsar,’ fol. 1624. This is the latest date found on Delaram's works. To these may be added the portraits of Frances Seymour, countess of Hertford; Katherine, marchioness of Buckingham; Ernest, count Mansfeldt; and Henry, earl of Manchester.

[Manuscript notes in Brit. Mus.]

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