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Sir Edward Hoby

5 of 7 portraits on display in Room 3 at Montacute House

Sir Edward Hoby, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, 1583 - NPG 1974 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Edward Hoby

by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
oil on panel, 1583
37 1/2 in. x 29 3/4 in. (953 mm x 756 mm)
Purchased, 1923
Primary Collection
NPG 1974


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Sitterback to top

  • Sir Edward Hoby (1560-1617), Scholar and favourite of James I. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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His baton, lower left, is inscribed with a motto which can be translated 'anger without strength is vain'. The mysterious inset scene at the top right shows a woman standing in front of a castle and holding a scroll or banner on which is written RECONDUTUR NO RETUDUTUR, which can be translated as 'laid aside but not blunted'. In front of her is a pile of discarded weapons and military trophies with a veil over them. Painted a year after Hoby's marriage the allegory probably refers to a break from his military career.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Cooper, Tarnya; Fraser, Antonia (foreword), A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 2012, p. 21
  • MacLeod, Catherine, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection at Montacute House, 1999, p. 21
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 306
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 168