An Old Man writing by Candlelight

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 dates
1824 - 1911
Full title
An Old Man writing by Candlelight
Date made
about 1885-99
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
65 x 54.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by J.C.J. Drucker, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery