This is one of only four signed paintings by van der Plas. The sitter, whose pilgrim's staff stands on the left and whose face looks up towards a vision of the resurrected Christ, has not been identified. The scroll below the sitter's hand may well have once carried an inscription which explained the commission.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1595 - about 1650
Full title
Portrait of a Man
Date made
about 1640
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
71.5 x 59.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by C. Lofft, 1839
Inventory number
NG175
Location in Gallery