The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Portrait of a Man
  • Frans Pourbus the Elder (1545 - 1581)
  • Portrait of a Man
  • Southern Netherlands
  • 1574
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 99.2 x 71.3 cm
  • Inscription: Inscription: 'D of Alencon,/1574'
    Inscription: 'AN° DNI.1574'
    Inscription: 'D: of Alencom, / 1574'
    Inscription: 'F. POVRBUS'
    Inscription: 'F. POURBUS'
  • P26
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • There is no evidence to support the inscription identifying the sitter as the duc d’Alençon (1554-84), younger brother of Charles IX and Henri III of France, and no other clue to his identity is given. He wears Spanish dress, fashionable with the nobility in the southern Netherlands during the turbulent period of Spanish rule and Protestant revolt. The picture is typical of the 3rd Marquess of Hertford’s taste for historical portraits.