Thomas Fanshawe (1533-1601), 2nd Remebrancer of the Exchequer
Dark picture of a man, turned slightly to his right, wearing a dark tunic/gown, with large puffed sleeves, fastened to the top and a black beaver hat. Also has an Elizabethan neck and wrist ruffs. Holds scroll of paper in his right hand, and wears a diamond ring on the little finger of his left hand. He has a fair short beard and moustache. Top of red chair just visible over his left shoulder. This chair is very similar to the one of ?a woman in red 1620? at the Tate.
Conservation work undertaken in 2009 by Dr. Clare Finn showed that the attribution inscription at top right of the portrait was a later addition. Also that part of the inscription at top left was also ammended at a later date, due to the width of the panel on which they are painted being reduced. This could explain why the date and age never corrsponded with the facts. Part of the original inscrition was lost and the details repainted incorrectly.
Whole height: 1110mm
Canvas height: 890mm
Inscription Painted Across top on painting: ?AETATIS SVAE 45 / ANo DNI 1590 / THOMAS FANSHAWE ESQre / YE QVENES REMEMBRAUNCER / IN YeEXCHEQVER?