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A Man in 17th-Century Spanish Costume
Probably by Ignacio de Leon y Escosura
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An unidentified man wearing fine seventeenth-century Spanish costume stands in a roughly sketched interior. His wealth is emphasised by the silver embroidery on his jacket, the fanciful slashed sleeves and the broad-brimmed hat lined with white feathers. He rests his arm on a chair and looks out at us. Underneath the thick curtain beside him it is just possible to make out the outlines of flowers. These belong to an earlier painting – a still life – and indicate that the artist of the painting reused an old canvas, probably dating from the seventeenth or eighteenth century.

This is a nineteenth-century imitation attributed to León y Escosura of a seventeenth-century painting. It is based on a life-size picture of a dwarf in the manner of Velázquez which is in the Prado, Madrid.

Key facts
Artist Probably by Ignacio de Leon y Escosura
Artist dates 1834 - 1901
Full title A Man in 17th-Century Spanish Costume
Date made 1850-90
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 92.7 x 69.9 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Charles Henry Crompton-Roberts, 1890
Inventory number NG1308
Location in Gallery Not on display
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