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Circle of the Master of the Countess of Warwick

Portrait of a gentleman, bust length, wearing a fitted jacket, a ruff, a feathered cap, and a blue ribbon around his neck

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Circle of the Master of the Countess of Warwick

Circle of the Master of the Countess of Warwick

Portrait of a gentleman, bust length, wearing a fitted jacket, a ruff, a feathered cap, and a blue ribbon around his neck

Portrait of a gentleman, bust length, wearing a fitted jacket, a ruff, a feathered cap, and a blue ribbon around his neck

Circle of the Master of the Countess of Warwick

Portrait of a gentleman, bust length, wearing a fitted jacket, a ruff, a feathered cap, and a blue ribbon around his neck


oil on panel, unframed

panel: 16 by 12 ¼ in.; 40.6 by 31.1 cm.  

The panel is flat and cradled. The image reads well beneath a clear and crisp varnish. This painting has recently been restored. Under UV: retouches are visible throughout, in the face and costume of the sitter as well as in the background. More concentrated areas of retouching are visible running the height of the right and left edges. The retouches are stable and the painting can hang in its present condition. Offered unframed.


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The Master of the Countess of Warwick was active in England in the second half of the sixteenth century. This master's eponymous work is the Portrait of Ann Russell, Countess of Warwick, today at Woburn Abbey. While the young sitter's identity has yet to be revealed, he bears some resemblance to Henry Stuart (1545-1567), Lord Darnley, whose likeness is recorded in an anonymous portrait in the Glasgow Museums.1 His long, angular features, however, come closer to those of the poet, Sir Philip Sidney, as seen in an anonymous portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, though the profile of their noses differ.2 If the sitter was English, then the badge held by the blue ribbon would have been the Order of the Garter; if Scottish, the badge would have been the Order of the Thistle. 


1. Inv. no. PL.1927.248. Oil on panel, 38.4 by 27.7 cm.  

https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/henry-stuart-15451567-lord-darnley-86537

2. Inv. no. NPG 5732, oil on panel, 113.9 by 84 cm. https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw07877/Sir-Philip-Sidney