Portrait of a Man holding a Scroll and Gloves

This half-length portrait of an unidentified sitter holding a paper and a pair of gloves has in the past been catalogued as Flemish and attributed to Corneille de Lyon. It is not clear whether it is French or Flemish, and may have been painted later than the 16th century, although it is unlikely to be a modern work.

X-radiographs and infra-red photographs show how the composition was altered. Originally the sitter's right hand was raised higher and it appears that he was holding an object which may have been a dagger.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1533; died 1575
Full title
Portrait of a Man holding a Scroll and Gloves
Date made
probably about 1550
Medium and support
Oil on limewood
39.7 × 29.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery