Smell (Portrait of Lucas Fayd'herbe)
This painting is part of the group: The Five Senses

The sitter is Lucas Fayd'herbe (1617 - 1697), a noted sculptor and architect who was one of Rubens's last pupils. He worked principally in Malines, and is also depicted in Frachoijs 'Portrait of Lucas Fayd'herbe'. Here he is shown smoking a pipe, as a representation of the sense of Smell.

This picture is one of a series of the 'Five Senses' in the Collection; 'Sight', 'Hearing', 'Touch', the fifth, 'Taste', is probably a copy. The series was painted before 1661 when 'Sight' was engraved. The costumes suggest a date of about 1655-60.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1614/18 - 1684
Full title
Smell (Portrait of Lucas Fayd'herbe)
Group
Date made
before 1661
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
25.3 x 19.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1117
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Five Senses

Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Sight (Portrait of Robert van den Hoecke)'
Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Hearing'
Painting
Gonzales Coques
before 1661
Gonzales Coques: 'Touch'
Painting
After Gonzales Coques
after 1661
After Gonzales Coques: 'Taste'