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21 November 2009

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester – Seal Query

Filed under: People — Stephen J F Plowman @ 16:06

I have received a request for assistance from Julia Jackson, a cataloguer and provenance researcher at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. They have portrait of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester dated to around 1565. It was in a British private collection in Kent from 1890 until its sale in 1951 when it was purchased by a dealer and subsequently acquired by the NGV. The paintings conservators found a wax seal ,previously uncatalogued, on the reverse of a wood panel portrait.

The detail of the seal:

The dexter side of the seal:

The motto:

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