The old man represented in this portrait, seated a chair in front of a curtain that has been pulled to the side, has not been identified. He is wearing a 'tabbaard', which is a long black gown that is lined with fur. This together with the book he is holding suggests that he may be scholar. There is also another portrait by Maes of the same sitter, dated 1665, which was formerly in the Johnson collection in Washington, DC.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1634 - 1693
Full title
Portrait of an Elderly Man in a Black Robe
Date made
1666
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
89.5 x 71.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Theodore Martin, KCB, 1888
Inventory number
NG1277
Location in Gallery