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An Old Man writing by Candlelight
Jozef Israëls

Known as 'The Philosopher' in the artist's lifetime, this painting draws on a long tradition in Dutch and Netherlandish art of depicting scholars in their studies, pouring over their books.

The sombre play of light is particularly reminiscent of paintings by Rembrandt and his followers of the 17th century. Just glimpsed by the candlelight is a collection of framed prints and drawings hung densely on the wall.

Key facts
Artist Jozef Israëls
Artist dates 1824 - 1911
Full title An Old Man writing by Candlelight
Date made about 1885-99
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 65 x 54.6 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by J.C.J. Drucker, 1910
Inventory number NG2713
Location in Gallery Not on display
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