The background is made up of a design formed from the repeated motif of rain falling from clouds, with the inscription in Dutch or Low German dialect 'har.las.uber.gan' (Lord, let

it

pass).

It was presumably the sitter's personal device, but was not unique to him. The ring has been taken to suggest that the sitter is a goldsmith or that he is about to be married.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1422; died 1441
Full title
A Young Man holding a Ring
Date made
perhaps about 1450
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
17.8 x 12.4 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2602
Location in Gallery