The sitter in this painting has not been identified. The presence of the books as well as the prominent sword suggest why the good breeding of the sitter is stressed in the traditional Italian title, 'Il gentile cavaliere'. The fashionable costume, which apparently has French and Spanish characteristics, suggests the approximate date of execution.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1520/4 - 1579
Full title
Portrait of a Left-Handed Gentleman with Two Quartos and a Letter ('Il Gentile Cavaliere')
Date made
about 1564-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
100.4 x 81.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Inventory number
NG2094
Location in Gallery