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He is shown in this portrait engaged in the sport of falconry. In his left hand he holds the falcon's hood; in his right he swings the lure in order to encourage the bird, flying overhead, to return to him. The fragmentary inscriptions in Latin and Italian suggest that falconry in this portrait symbolises youth and indiscipline versus maturity and control.
Sir Thomas Coningsby
oil on panel
H 94 x W 69.9 cm