Unknown man, possibly William Drummond of Hawthornden

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Unknown man, possibly William Drummond of Hawthornden, by Unknown artist, circa 1610 - NPG 1195 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, possibly William Drummond of Hawthornden

by Unknown artist
oil on panel, circa 1610
8 3/4 in. x 7 7/8 in. (222 mm x 200 mm)
Purchased, 1899
Primary Collection
NPG 1195


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The identification of this portrait as the Scottish poet William Drummond is not certain. It is based upon the facial likeness of this sitter to a portrait of Drummond in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The similarity in their costumes suggests that both portraits depict a man of high social status. The swept back hair, embroidered doublet and intricate rising lace collar are typical of early seventeenth-century court fashions. Recent restoration indicates that this work may have been cut down from a larger painting, explaining the small size of this panel. The slightly awkward positioning of the eyes indicates that the artist was challenged by the demands of this pose.

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  • Cooper, Tarnya (introduction) Banville, John (character sketch) Chevalier, Tracy (character sketch) Fellowes, Julian (character sketch) McCall Smith, Alexander (character sketch) Pratchett, Terry (character sketch) Singleton, Sarah (character sketch) Trollope, Joanna (character sketch) Waters, Minette (character sketch), Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from December 2011 - June 2012), p. 71
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 692
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 73

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