Property from a Private Collection
FOLLOWER OF REMBRANDT HARMENSZ. VAN RIJN
Portrait of a man
oil on oak panel
62 x 52.5 cm.; 24⅜ x 20¾ in.
The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is relatively dirty, and the varnish discoloured. There is a vertical split which runs the height of the panel, one third of the way from the right margin, with associated visible retouchings and scattered small losses (visible in the catalogue illustration). There is another vertical split, which starts along the upper margin approx. 10cm. from the right margin, which runs for 17cm., also with associated visible retouching. There are 3 scratches along the upper right margin, with associated paint loss - the longest of these measures 3cm., and is visible in the catalogue illustration - as well as three tiny spots of paint loss along the upper margin, just right of centre. There are further visible retouchings: an area in the sitter's hat and just to the right of it, measuring approx. 2 x 6cm., a few small spots in his hair just above his forehead, and a small spot in the left rim of his hat. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms all these, and reveals fine lines scattered in his face, as well as a more notable patch in his neck, and a few small spots in his proper right shoulder. It is difficult to discern much else underneath the very thick and milky varnish, but the painting appears in overall fairly good condition. Offered in a carved and painted wooden frame with minor losses.
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T.B. Hook, Norton Hall, Worcester;
With Thomas Agnew & Sons, London.