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Adriaen Hanneman

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, wearing black and holding a letter

Adriaen Hanneman

Adriaen Hanneman

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, wearing black and holding a letter

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, wearing black and holding a letter

Adriaen Hanneman

The Hague 1603/4 - 1671

Portrait of a gentleman, half-length, wearing black and holding a letter


signed, lower left: hanneman. F; dated on the plinth, lower left: Ano. 1656.; and inscribed on the letter: Illic, quidquid ero semper tua dicar imago. / VITA VOTA FATA

oil on canvas, unframed

unframed: 78.1 x 64.2 cm.; 30¾ x 25¼ in.

The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals small, but fairly extensive retouchings through the sitter's face and hands, particularly in and around his left index finger, and through parts of his coat, most notably in the upper right part of his chest and in and around his left hand, where there are diagonal lines of retouching to scratches. There are also retouchings along the margins, most notably to two concentrated areas in the lower right corner, in the centres of the upper and lower margins, and in all four corners. The painting presents well in its current state, however, and is in overall fairly good condition.


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The first part of the epigram written on the letter in the sitter's right hand, translates as 'There, whatever I shall be, forever I shall be famed as your idol / For life wishes fate'. It is taken from Book I of the Elegies (19:11) by Sextus Propertius, written in 25 BC, which was a collection of love poems addressed to an older woman called Cynthia.