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Netherlandish, A Man

Key facts
Full title A Man
Artist Netherlandish
Date made about 1550
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 60.1 × 49.7 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by the Trustees of the British Museum, 1880
Inventory number NG1094
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
A Man

This bearded man was once thought to be the painter Anthonis Mor; a label on the back names him as ‘[Sr] Antony More’. The artist was believed to have been knighted during his visit to England in 1554–5 and was therefore called Sir Anthony More or Sir Antonio Moro. However, there is no resemblance to Mor’s Self Portrait from 1558 (Uffizi, Florence) and no real clue as to the sitter’s identity.

The portrait is much overpainted, but an X-ray image gives a better idea of its quality, and there are distinct affinities with Mor’s style. However, the panel itself is so badly constructed that it is unlikely to have come from a panel maker in any of the principal centres in the Low Countries, where Mor worked. Perhaps the picture was painted in England by an artist strongly influenced by Netherlandish portraiture and the work of Mor in particular.

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