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Sir Christopher Hatton (1540–1591)

Photo credit: Northampton Museums & Art Gallery

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From the research which has been carried out into the meanings within this painting there has been no definitive suggestion about who the painter is on the bottom left corner other than that it likely to be a representation of the artist of the portrait, whoever that may be. The words in the 'speech bubble' are 'TERNITATI PINXIT', thought to be a shortening of 'Ae'ternitati Pinxit', meaning painted for eternity or posterity.

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oil on panel


H 96 x W 72 cm

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purchased from Sir Algernon Tudor-Craig, 1929

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