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Called Sir William Cordell Kt (1522-1581)

British (English) School

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

circa 1620 - circa 1625

Materials

Oil on panel

Measurements

1136 x 840 mm

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Melford Hall, Suffolk (Accredited Museum)

NT 926808

Caption

This portrait, thought to be of Sir William Cordell, shows him holding a document, possibly the charter from Queen Mary which granted him Melford Hall in the mid 1500's. The inscription at the top left reads 'Sir William Cordell; Knight of the Shire for the County of Suffolk; Speaker of the House of Commons; 4 5 Phillip and Mary 1557; and Master of the Rolls to the said Queen and Queen Elizabeth'. This likeness of him bears little resemblance to another portrait of William Cordell in the collection at St Johns College, Oxford; so it is possible that the portrait at Melford is not actually of William Cordell, and that the inscription was added at a later date.

Summary

Oil painting on panel, Called Sir William Cordell Kt (1522-1581), British (English) School, circa 1620-1625. A three-quarter-length portrait in black and red coat, laced ruffle and cuffs, and holding manuscript in his right hand. Inscribed top left 'Sir William Cordell; Knight of the Shire for the County of Suffolk. Speaker of the House of Commons, 4 and 5 Phillip and Mary 1557 and Master of the Rolls to the said Queen and Queen Elizabeth'.

Provenance

Part of the Hyde Parker collection, transferred from HM Treasury, 1966

Marks and inscriptions

'Sir William Cordell; Knight of the Shire for the County of Suffolk. Speaker of the House of Commons, 4 and 5 Phillip and Mary 1557 and Master of the Rolls to the said Queen and Queen Elizabeth'

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist previously catalogued as attributed to Cornelis de Zeeu (fl.1558-1590), artist

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