This portrait is a variant of a painting in the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Oldenburg, Germany, which is traditionally identified as Edzard (Cirksena) the Great, Count of East Friesland (1462–1528).

On the sitter's hat is a brooch with what may be an eagle on it, symbol of the Cirksena family. Scientific analysis of the painting’s wood panel support and the pigments used have shown that it was made in the 18th century.

Key facts

Full title
Edzard the Great, Count of East Friesland
Date made
18th century
Medium and support
Oil on oak
48.9 x 36.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs C.L. Eastlake in memory of her husband, Keeper of the National Gallery, 1907
Inventory number
Location in Gallery