Thomas Cromwell, English statesman
Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex (c.1485-1540), English statesman. Cromwell was born to a humble family in Putney (now in London). After a basic education he went abroad and fought as a mercenary. Returning to London he became a merchant and later stood in Parliament. He found favour with King Henry VIII and was eventually appointed chief minister. He was the architect of Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and marriage to Anne Boleyn and was one of the strongest advocates of a break with Catholicism. However, his subsequent arrangement of marriage between the King and Anne of Cleves attracted Henry's displeasure and Cromwell was summarily executed for heresy and treason. This engraving first was published in Heroologia Anglica by Henry Holland,
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Beecham bust for RPO Chairman
Mr John Bimson, 29 year old chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and co-principal horn player, is presented with a bust of the orchestra's founder Sir Thomas Beecham, sculpted by Miss Muriel Liddle shortly before Beecham's death in 1961. The presentation took place on the Martini Terrace in London's Haymarket during the RPO's annual news conference. Miss Liddle (right), a well-known harpist and music teacher in the Midlands, travelled from her home in Birmingham for the occasion.