A Man, called Thomas Bond

British SchoolLate 16th century

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Thomas Bond was a minor actor during the reigns of both James I and Charles I, and may have known William Cartwright.

This identification of the sitter is based entirely on the Cartwright inventory, “Tom bonds pictur an Actour, on a band Rought with Embroidery bared neck . . .” There is no other known contemporary image of Bond."

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  • Title: A Man, called Thomas Bond
  • Date: Late 16th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w310 x h390 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Oak panel
  • School: British School
  • Provenance: London, William Cartwright (inventory no. XXX: ÔXXXXXXXXX'); Cartwright Bequest, 1686.
  • Further Information: Thomas Bond (b. 1605 - d.1635): a minor actor in the Red Bull Revels and Prince Charles's companies. The sitter is identified in Cartwright's inventory and by an inscription on the verso. The dating for this portraiture spans from the 1590s and then 1625 to 1635, as it could depict a portrait of a man in costume of the 1590s or Bond in historical costume be between twenty to thirty years in age (Bond died aged thirty).
  • Acquisition Method: Cartwright, William (Bequest, 1686)


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