Portrait of an unknown man; HL seated and turned to r, with long curly hair, wearing a jacket with slashed sleeves and mantle, holding a broad-brimmed hat and a stick Black chalk


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Department: Prints & Drawings

Registration number: 1836,0811.345

Bibliographic reference
Sumowski 1979 continuing 1655x
Hind 1915-31 5
Royalton-Kisch 2010 Lievens.J.7

Dutch Roy XVIIc

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Object types
drawing (scope note | all objects)

paper (all objects)
drawn (scope note | all objects)
Production person
Drawn by Jan Lievens (biographical details | all objects)
1640 (circa)
Schools /Styles
Dutch (scope note | all objects)
British (all objects)

Portrait of a seated man, his hat in his lap; half-length seated and turned to right, with long curly hair, wearing a jacket with slashed sleeves and mantle, also holding a stick. c.1640

Black chalk.

Verso: laid down.

No watermark visible.

Inscription Content: Inscribed lower right, in graphite (19th cent.): ‘J.L’.

Height: 227 millimetres (chain lines vertical, 18mm apart)
Width: 170 millimetres

Some rubbed patches, partly restored, near corners, the most severe towards the upper right; an unobtrusive brown stain near the sitter's stomach.

Curator's comments
Entry from Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Catalogue of drawings by Rembrandt and his school', 2010, Jan Lievens, cat. no.7:
As has previously been remarked, the sitter resembles Hieronymus de Bran, who appears in an engraving by Lucas Vorsterman after another portrait by Lievens.[1] However, the identification is not convincing.
The style suggests a date during Lievens' Antwerp period, perhaps around 1640, alongside cat. no.6 (1836,0811.342), which it resembles in its almost painterly use of the chalk.

[1] Hollstein, XLIII, p.133, no.136, repr. (an impression in the British Museum is inv. no.1874,0613.842). The inscription on the plate describes De Bran as a Spanish officer in the southern Netherlands, an agent of the Piccolomini and an art-lover.

London, 1915, p.85, no.5, repr. pl.LII (resembles de Bran, but not convincingly); Schneider, 1932/73, no.Z.95 (as London, 1915); Hollstein, XI, p.80, under no.56 (resembles Lanier); Sumowski, 1979 etc., VII, 1983, no.1655x, repr. (datable 1635-43; compares cat. no.6 [1836,0811.342] and 'Portrait of Brouwer' in Lugt Collection, inv.1203; Sumowski 1594; identification as London, 1915, refuting Hollstein).

Modern mount incorrectly stamped as 1836-8-11-342.

Acquisition date

Acquisition name
Purchased from William Smith, the printseller (biographical details | all objects)
Previous owner/ex-collection John Sheepshanks (L.2333) (biographical details | all objects)

Exhibition History
No exhibitions recorded.

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