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Daniël van den Queborne, 1552/1557–1602/1605, Dutch

Sir William Drury, of Hawstead, Suffolk (1550–1590)

Former Title(s):

Sir Wilian Drury [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 93 3/4 x 61 1/2 inches (238.1 x 156.2 cm)

Inscribed on recto in black and yellow paint at the upper left in sky: “Sconsolato”; in later hand, in red paint at the lower right corner: “Sir William Drury. K[…]|Marshall of Berwick| 1572”

Dated in black paint on the trunk of the tree at the far right center: “D A | V | 15 Q 87" (A and V in monogram connected to the Q)

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
armor | brocade | competition | costume | earring | feather | garter | gloves | helmets | jousts | lace | lance | landscape | man | military camp | portrait | spur | stirrups | stockings | tent | tents | town | Tudor
Associated People:
Drury, Sir William (1550–1590)
Not on view

Sir William Drury was one of a number of courtiers who left England during the reign of Elizabeth I to support the Dutch Protestants in their war against Catholic Spain. Escaping the enormous debts he had run up through mismanaging his office in the Exchequer may have been an additional incentive to leave England. This striking portrait appears to have been painted in the Netherlands in response to the recent death of Sir Phillip Sidney, the soldier, poet, and doyen of the Elizabethan court, who had died the previous year fighting at the siege of Zutphen. The Italian inscription sconsolato (“I am disconsolate”) points to Drury's mourning.

Drury’s own death was not as heroic; he died from his wounds after a duel with a fellow Englishman, Sir John Borough. Gangrene spread from his hand (which was amputated), to his arm (also amputated), and then to the rest of his body.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 28-29, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Lucy Gent, Albion's classicism, the visual arts in Britain, 1550-1660 , v. 2, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, CT & London, UK, 1995, p. 290, fig. 154, N7432.5 C6 A52 1995 (YCBA)

Elizabeth Goldring, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and the world of Elizabethan art : painting and patronage at the court of Elizabeth I, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 158-59, fig. 135, N5247.L45 G65 2014 (YCBA)

Edward Town, Danie¨l van den Queborn, painter to the House of Orange and its English allies in the Netherlands, Cambridge, p. 17, fig. 1, N72.S6 M54 2019 (LC) Oversize (YCBA)

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