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Edward Goodman of Ruthin (1476-1560)
Media: oil on panel
Size: 56.4 x 44.8 cm
Acquired: 1930; Bequest; The Hon. Mrs Lawrence Brodrick
Accession Number: NMW A 3450
Edward Goodman wears a square cap and scarlet, fur-trimmed gown, fitting for a prosperous tradesman. His portrait is full of symbols which refer to the newly-established Protestant beliefs of that time. He holds a scroll inscribed Offeren pawb yn i gallon (Each man’s prayer is in his heart). This refers to the core Protestant belief that all Christians should be allowed to praise God directly, rather than through a priest. Two mottoes also appear at the top right. 'HEB DDVW DDIM/DVW A DIGON' ('Without God, without anything, God is enough'). This is followed by 'BE HVMBL AND MEEKE/SOBRIE IVSTE PIE' ('Be humble and meek/Soberly, justly, piously').