The unidentified sitter seems to be wearing the ribbon of the Légion d'Honneur. He may have been a friend or acquaintance of the painter Edgar Degas as the portrait was in his private collection. At the time it was acquired at the posthumous dispersal of Degas's collection in 1918, the date of the painting was noted on the reverse. This is no longer visible.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1823 - 1873
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
probably 1866
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
64.1 x 54.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1918
Inventory number
NG3297
Location in Gallery