Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Ralph Winwood

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Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Ralph Winwood, by Unknown artist, circa 1617-1620 - NPG 40 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Ralph Winwood

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1617-1620
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 40


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  • Sir Ralph Winwood (1563?-1617), Secretary of State. Sitter associated with 5 portraits.

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This portrait was purchased in 1858, just two years after the National Portrait Gallery was founded. Recent cleaning has allowed this portrait to be dated to the early seventeenth century. It was originally considered to depict the prominent diplomat and politician, Sir Ralph Winwood of Northamptonshire. However, the sitter only slightly resembles the known portraits of Winwood. The man's clothes certainly suggest that he was a member of the gentry or a successful professional man. Due to the lack of any further significant information concerning this portrait's past history, however, the identity of the sitter is likely to remain uncertain.

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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. 81
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 690
  • Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 333

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