Property from a Belgian Private Collection
Made, near Breda 1643 - 1706 The Hague
Portrait of a man, three-quarter length
oil on canvas
42.6 x 34.1 cm.; 16¾ x 13⅜ in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is relatively dirty, and the varnish is clear. There are a few tiny spots of surface accretion visible in the sitter's forehead. There is evidence of old, minor flaking in the darker pigments, with some associated fine lines of retouching. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an uneven varnish, underneath which some retouchings are visible: a concentrated area in the sitter's hair to the right of his face, along the upper left margin, in the lower right corner, and scattered in the trees and background upper right. In overall good condition.
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We are grateful to Wayne Franits for endorsing the attribution to Schalcken on inspection of digital images, and dating the work to circa 1685–1700.