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18th Century Follower of Frans Hals

Portrait of a man, seated and wearing a hat

18th Century Follower of Frans Hals

18th Century Follower of Frans Hals

Portrait of a man, seated and wearing a hat

Portrait of a man, seated and wearing a hat

18th Century Follower of Frans Hals

Portrait of a man, seated and wearing a hat


oil on canvas

canvas: 30 ⅛ by 24 in.; 76.5 by 61 cm. 

framed: 38 ¼ by 32 in.; 97.2 by 81.3 cm.  

The canvas is unlined and stable on its stretcher. The overall image reads well under a clear varnish. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears unevenly applied throughout the composition as well as areas of retouching, for example, in the nose and right cheek. The painting can be hung in its current state but could benefit from being cleaned and re-varnished. Offered in a giltwood frame.


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This composition follows Frans Hals' Portrait of a man sitting, wearing a floppy hat, a mature work of circa 1660 in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Kassel.1  The present example preserves the loose and somewhat sketchy technique of the original, which was acquired by Wilhelm VIII in 1755. The popularity of this composition among artists endured from at least the 18th century until the 20th century, with the German artist Lovis Corinth inspired to paint his own copy in 1907.2


1. Inv. no. GK 219. Oil on canvas, 79.5 by 66.5 cm, signed in monogram center left.  https://altemeister.museum-kassel.de/32782/0/0/147/s7/0/100/objekt.html 

2.  https://rkd.nl/explore/images/227853