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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.
oil on canvas
91.5 x 71.6 cm
on loan from Bangor University
Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery
Ffordd Gwynedd, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1DT WalesView venue
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