A Man, called Sir Martin Frobisher Kt

British School17th century

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

This painting was described in the Cartwright inventory as 'Sr Martin furbushers pictur...', but the sitter does not resemble the known likenesses of the celebrated English navigator Sir Martin Frobisher (1535?-94). This identification might have been prompted by the fact that Frobisher was given 'a fair chain of gold' by Elizabeth I for his Arctic exploration, but chains like the one depicted here were not uncommon amongst gentlemen of the later 16th century (the costume is of c.1590).
This painting could then be a copy after an unidentified late 16th-century portrait, possibly by Hieronimo Custodis.

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  • Title: A Man, called Sir Martin Frobisher Kt
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w594 x h819 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Strong suggests that DPG375 may be a copy after Hieronimo Custodis (letter on file, 1987).
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Canvas
  • School: British School
  • Provenance: London, William Cartwright (inventory no. 174: 'Sr Martin furbushers pictur in a whit dublet & a great Ruff, with a gould chaine'); Cartwright Bequest, 1686.
  • Acquisition Method: Cartwright, William (Bequest, 1686)


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