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Sir Thomas Coningsby

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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

  • Date

    1572

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    94 x 69.9 cm

  • Accession number

    4348

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased, 1964

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