A Man holding a Glove

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A bearded man gazes out intently from this painting. We don't know who the sitter is, but the cut of his beard and the fashion of his hat and clothes suggest a date towards 1530. The fact that both his doublet and gown are lined with fur probably indicates that the portrait was painted during the winter months.

The picture is rather small and was painted at great speed with immense skill; perhaps neither sitter nor artist had much time to spare. It was in the collection of King Charles I, whose CR brand is on the back. He must have thought very highly of it as he chose to place it with some of the greatest treasures of his collection in the Cabinet Room off the Privy Gallery in the Palace of Westminster.

The National Gallery, London



A Man holding a Glove


about 1530-2


Oil on oak


H 24.3 x W 16.8 cm

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Acquisition method

Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876

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