The Wallace Collection

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An Unknown Man
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • An Unknown Man
  • England
  • c. 1550 - 1560
  • Miniature
  • Painted on vellum laid on playing card
  • Diameter: 4 cm
    Overall size: 4.8 x 4.1 cm, with hook
  • M30
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • The unidentified sitter, who has red hair, moustache and beard and brown eyes, wears a black doublet with a white collar embroidered with black and a black cap. He wears a black ribbon around his neck. He is depicted against a vivid blue background surrounded by a gold rim.
    It is painted on vellum laid on a playing card (with one club showing). According to the miniatures specialist Graham Reynolds, it is an English work of the sixteenth century, painted in c. 1550-60, in the interval between the deaths of Holbein and Horenbout and the emergence of Hilliard.