Richard Goodricke of Ribston by Ketel



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Richard Goodricke of Ribston, Yorkshire


Portrait of Richard Goodricke of Ribston. On the right side of the painting a comet is pictured, the Great Comet of 1577, coupled with a latin phrase meaning 'never downwards'. Richard Goodricke reached adulthood in 1577 and apparently decided to have himself pictured with this omen.


circa 1578(1578)


oil on oak


106 × 81 cm (41.7 × 31.9 in)

Accession number


Credit line

Roy and Marjory Edwards Bequest Fund 2004


top right: DEORSUM NUNQUAM [Never downwards]
Coat of arms top left
signature bottom right - ?


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