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Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman with a Red Book and a Skull

Photo credit: Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

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This is a half-length portrait of an unknown man, facing forwards, thought to have been a benefactor to the Company. It has been speculated that the painting may depict John Kendrick, a merchant, and later a citizen and draper of London in 1624 or William Breary, a merchant adventurer and alderman of York in 1637 who was Governor from 1611–1614 and 1632–1635. He wears an expensive black robe with white cuffs, a fashionable ruff, and a black skull cap edged with lace.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

York


Date

c.1610

Medium

oil on wood panel

Measurements

H 89 x W 69 cm

Accession number

YORMA 345

Work type

Painting


Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9XD England

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