A Man holding a Glove

The subject of this portrait is unidentified, but he wears expensive clothes with different types of fur and velvet and two gold rings. His gloves also indicate high status. The portrait is unusually small and seems to have been speedily painted with immense skill. This may suggest neither artist nor sitter had very much time to spare.

The back of the panel is branded with the letters CR surmounted by a crown, which signifies that the work belonged to King Charles I.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1508; died 1532
Full title
A Man holding a Glove
Date made
about 1530-2
Medium and support
Oil on oak
24.3 x 16.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Further information

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