Allegorical Portrait of Sir John Luttrell


ca. 1525-after 1578 (Life dates)


Allegorical Portrait of Sir John Luttrell

Date of Production



oil on panel


Height: 109.3 cm (panel)
Width: 83.8 cm (panel)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Arthur Hamilton Lee, bequest, 1947


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


On display


Label Text

Born in Antwerp, Eworth settled in England around 1540 and became court painter during the reign of Mary Tudor. The complex imagery in this portrait of the English military commander and diplomat John Luttrell (1518/20-51) indicates that it is meant to be read as an allegory. The inscription on the rock in the left foreground alludes to his courage, while the figure holding an olive branch represents Peace and may symbolize the signing of the Treaty of Boulogne between France and England the year this portrait was painted.


Badmondisfield Hall, Suffolk, by 1909; the family sale, Christie’s London 22 July 1932, lot 8, bought by Viscount Lee of Fareham; Lee Bequest, 1947

Exhibition History

The Courtauld at the National Gallery, National Gallery, London, 27/03/2019-05/08/2019

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