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Jozef Israëls: 'An Old Man writing by Candlelight'

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Known as 'The Philosopher' in the artist's lifetime, this painting draws on a long tradition in Dutch and Netherlandish art of depicting scholars in their studies, pouring over their books.

The sombre play of light is particularly reminiscent of paintings by Rembrandt and his followers of the 17th century. Just glimpsed by the candlelight is a collection of framed prints and drawings hung densely on the wall.

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