Skip to main content

Unknown Man: 3849

An image of 3849.jpg

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Colours in this image

Object information


Unknown Man


Hilliard, Laurence (Miniaturist)


History note: J. Pierpont Morgan; his sale Christie's, 24 June 1935 (97), where bought by L.D. Cunliffe

Measurements and weight

Height: 58 mm
Width: 43 mm

Relative size of this object

4.3 m5.8 m What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


Production date: AD/CE 1640

School or Style


Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support: composed of vellum (skin) ( stuck to card)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour on vellum stuck to a card which has been gessoed on both sides

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L H
  • Location: Centre right
  • Method of creation: Gold
  • Signature
  • Text: Ano Dni 1640
  • Location: Left side of head
  • Method of creation: Gold
  • Text: AEtatis Suae
  • Location: Right side of head
  • Method of creation: Gold

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: 3849
Primary reference Number: 17982
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 14 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "3849.jpg" Web page available at: Accessed: 2021-11-30 13:10:31

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url=|title=3849.jpg|author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2021-11-30 13:10:31|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

<div class="text-center my-3"> <figure class="figure"> <img src="" alt="Unknown Man" class="img-fluid" /> <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Unknown Man</figcaption> </figure> </div>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like


Accession Number: CM.QC.3849-R

Unknown man

Accession Number: C.1040-2016

Olives in Corfu

Accession Number: 1067

Unknown Man

Accession Number: PD.26-1952

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...

University of Cambridge Museums logo
Arts Council England Logo
Research England logo
The Technology Partnership logo
Brewin Dolphin Logo