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Portrait of a Young Man
Karel Dujardin

There is no documented portrait of Dujardin, but the face in this painting is similar to that in a drawing by Dujardin of 1658 (London, British Museum) that has traditionally been identified as a self portrait. X-ray photographs show that there have been alterations to the collar, and that the portrait is painted over another figure facing in the opposite direction, and analysis of the paint layers reveals a third head, apparently between these two.

Key facts
Artist Karel Dujardin
Artist dates 1626 - 1678
Full title Portrait of a Young Man
Date made about 1655
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 62 x 52.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1899
Inventory number NG1680
Location in Gallery Not on display
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