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Sir Thomas Coningsby

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A soldier, Member of Parliament for Herefordshire and friend of Sir Philip Sidney, Coningsby founded a home for retired soldiers known as 'Coningsby's Company of Old Servitors'.
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.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

Title

Sir Thomas Coningsby

Date

1572

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 94 x W 69.9 cm

Accession number

4348

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1964

Work type

Painting

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