A Man in 17th-Century Spanish Costume

This is a 19th century imitation attributed to León of a 17th century painting. It is based on a life-size picture of a dwarf in the manner of Velázquez which is in the Prado, Madrid.

Infra-red photographs have demonstrated that it was painted over a 17th- or 18th-century flower piece.

The attribution depends on Charles Terry, who wrote in 1897 that he had been told by Ignacio de León that the painting was a pastiche León had painted after Velázquez and given to a dealer in London.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1834 - 1901
Full title
A Man in 17th-Century Spanish Costume
Date made
1850-90
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
92.7 x 69.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Charles Henry Crompton-Roberts, 1890
Inventory number
NG1308
Location in Gallery