The sitter is the same as in another portrait (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum), and as in an etched portrait by Godfried Schalcken, who was Dou's pupil. This picture was probably painted in about 1635-40 when Dou was in his mid-twenties.

X-radiographs have revealed that the portrait was painted over another portrait head, not an uncommon practice in artists' studios at the time.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1613 - 1675
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
1635-40
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
18.9 x 14.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1844
Inventory number
NG192
Location in Gallery