Hans Eworth, Allegorical Portrait of Sir John Luttrell, 1550

Hans Eworth, Allegorical Portrait of Sir John Luttrell, 1550

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.