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upper left: . FRANCOIS . DVC . DALENCON . / . EAGE . DE . XVIII . ANS LE.XIX.E / . IONR . DE . MARS . AN . 1572 . / . FILS . DE . HENRY II.EDE CE . / NO M . ROY . DE . FRANCE .

Provenance

John Stuart Bligh, 6th earl of Darnley [1827-1896], Cobham Hall, Kent, by 1851;[1] by inheritance to his son, Edward Henry Stuart Bligh, 7th earl of Darnley [1851-1900], Cobham Hall; by inheritance to his brother, Ivo Francis Walter Bligh, 8th earl of Darnley [1859-1927], Cobham Hall; (Darnley sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1 May 1925, no. 57, as by François Pourbus); purchased by (M. Knoedler & Co., New York) and (P. & D. Colnaghi, London and New York);[2] sold November 1925 to Otto H. Kahn [1867-1934], New York;[3] his heirs; on consignment from 1942 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., New York, London, and Paris, as by Pieter Pourbus the Elder);[4] purchased 1947 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York, as Attributed to François Clouet;[5] gift 1961 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1946
Exhibition of Old Masters, Duveen Galleries, New York, 1946, no. 6, as by Frans Pourbus.
1951
French Painting 1100-1900, Carnegie Institute, 1951, no. 45, as School of François Clouet.
1984
William de Zwijger (William the Silent), Stedelijk Museum "Het Prinsenhof," Delft, The Netherlands; Musée de la Ville "Maison du Roi," Brussels, 1984, no 6.14.
2015
Les Tudors, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 2015, no. 84, fig. 136.
Bibliography
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 334, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 53
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 45, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 136, repro.
1977
Eisler, Colin. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian. Oxford, 1977: 257-258, fig. 240.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 227, no. 281, color repro., as by French School.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 24, repro.
2004
Goldring, Elizabeth. "The Earl of Leicester and portraits of the duc d'Alençon." The Burlington Magazine 146 (February 2004): 108-111, fig. 36.
2005
Fahy, Everett, ed. The Wrightsman Pictures. New Haven, 2005: 18, under cat. 5, fig. 1.
2009
Conisbee, Philip, et al. French Paintings of the Fifteenth through the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2009: no. 48, 224-228, color repro.