Sir Thomas Coningsby

1 portrait on display in Room 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Thomas Coningsby, by Unknown artist, 1572 - NPG 4348 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Thomas Coningsby

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, 1572
37 in. x 27 1/2 in. (940 mm x 699 mm)
Purchased, 1964
Primary Collection
NPG 4348

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Coningsby is shown in this portrait engaged in the sport of falconry. In his left hand he holds the falcon's hood, and 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.

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