The costume of the unidentified sitter can be dated to the early 17th century. This picture has in the past been attributed to Annibale Carracci and to the Flemish School. It is currently considered Italian, and possibly Bolognese. The reverse is inscribed 1661, but this is unlikely to be the date of execution.

Key facts

Artist
Full title
Bust of a Bearded Man
Date made
17th century
Medium and support
Oil on walnut
Dimensions
25.7 x 18.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Inventory number
NG2105
Location in Gallery