Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lyzarde, Nicholas

LYZARDE, NICHOLAS (d. 1571), sergeant-painter, served as painter to the court in the time of Henry VIII, and as second painter under Anthony Toto [q. v.] to Edward VI and Mary. By the latter he was appointed sergeant-painter, with a fee of 10l. a year levied on the customs. In 1556 he presented the queen on New-year's day with ‘a table painted with a maundy.’ He was continued in his place by Elizabeth, and in 1558 presented her on New-year's day ‘a table painted of the history of Ashuerus,’ receiving a gilt cruse in return. Lyzarde died in April 1571, and was buried on 5 April in the church of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London. In his will, dated 14 Feb. 1570–1 (P.C.C. Holney, 18), he mentions five sons and four daughters, and also his wife Margaret.

[Walpole's Anecd. of Painting; Archæologia, xxxix. 44.]

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