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Flemish, Portrait of a Man

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Full title Portrait of a Man
Artist Flemish
Date made 1630-70
Medium and support Oil on paper (?) on wood
Dimensions 17.8 × 12.7 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by the Misses Cohen as part of the John Samuel collection, 1906
Inventory number NG2104
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Portrait of a Man

This half-length portrait is on paper later attached to an oak panel. A young man wearing a slight, almost boyish moustache looks towards the viewer, his determined expression emphasised by his pose, with his right hand raised to his chest and his left resting on his hip. He is dressed in a black coat, with a wide collar and turned back cuffs.

When the painting entered the National Gallery’s collection in 1906 it was attributed to the Flemish painter Enrico Fiammingo (Hendrick van Somer, 1607/08 – about 1655). It was later thought to be by an Italian painter and catalogued as such in 1995. It now seems now more likely that the artist was from the Netherlands. The costume, pose and loose brushwork suggest that it dates from the mid-seventeenth century.

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