Portrait of a Man, called the Earl of Exeter

British SchoolEarly 16th century?

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Described in Cartwright's inventory as ye Earle of Exitors head, but the Earldom of Exeter was not created until 1605 and DPG394 is clearly earlier. The verso bears a seal which appears to be that of the Spoure family of Cornwall, one of whom in the seventeenth century married Maria Courtney, who may have descended from Henry Courtenay, Earl of Devon, who was briefly (1525-39) Marquess of Exeter.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Man, called the Earl of Exeter
  • Date: Early 16th century?
  • Physical Dimensions: w276 x h354 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Unknown
  • Support: Poplar or pine panel
  • School: British School
  • Provenance: London, William Cartwright (inventory no. 101: 'Ye Earle of Exitors head ye ground of it gould...'); Cartwright Bequest, 1686.
  • Acquisition Method: Cartwright, William (Bequest, 1686)


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