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Portrait of an Unknown Cavalier

Photo credit: Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery

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Following an investigation by the College of Arms it appears that this portrait may be of a member of the ducal house of Wurttemberg. Certainly the complex armorial crest and the motto ‘Tout avec dieu’ belong to that family. The cavalry skirmish in the background undoubtedly refers to the military career of the sitter. This form of portrait is not unusual in the seventeenth century, a time of civil unrest in many parts of Europe.

Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    91.5 x 71.6 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    on loan from Bangor University


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Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1DT Wales

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