Sir John Hawkins (1532–1595)

Image credit: The Box, Plymouth

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This portrait was found in about 1852 in a local 'ragshop' by Dr Jago of Plymouth, who argued that it was a portrait of Sir John Hawkins and gave it to the Corporation in 1881. (Hawkins's dates are 1532–1595, so it cannot be him given the inscribed age and date). Another version bearing the same age and date inscription and the name 'J. Southcote Esqr', was part of lot 112 at Christie's on 21st January 1927. That one passed to the Society of Apothecaries, London (though later stolen), and is illustrated on p. 211 of Roy Strong, 'The English Icon' (1969) attributed to 'Unknown Follower of Custodis'. Edward Town has suggested, based on there being a a Plymouth version, that a local artist is more likely for both, perhaps William Brooke/Browicke.

Plymouth City Council: Council House



Sir John Hawkins (1532–1595)


oil on panel


H 91.5 x W 66.3 cm

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