Unknown man, possibly William Drummond of Hawthornden

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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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  • Unknown artist, Artist. Artist or producer associated with 6577 portraits.

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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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Events of 1610back to top

Current affairs

Lady Arabella Stuart, cousin of James I, secretly marries William Seymour, Marquess of Hertford.
James I's chaotic finances prompts Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury to submit to Parliament the great contract which proposed increases to the king's income for James's relinquishment of his feudal rights; however, it was not implemented.

Art and science

The Alchemist, by playwright Benjamin Jonson, is first performed by the acting troupe, the King's Men. Jonson also writes Prince Henry's Barriers, in honour of Henry, Prince of Wales.
Stationers' Company agrees to give Thomas Bodley a copy of every book registered with them for his growing Bodleian Library.

International

Henry IV, King of France, is assassinated in Paris by Catholic fanatic, François Ravaillac. Henry, born a Calvinist, converted to Catholicism before ascending the throne to appease his future subjects. Although a popular king, much loved by his people, two earlier attempts had been made on his life.

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