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Frans Hals and Studio

Portrait of a man, three-quarter-length, wearing black with a white collar

Frans Hals and Studio

Frans Hals and Studio

Portrait of a man, three-quarter-length, wearing black with a white collar

Portrait of a man, three-quarter-length, wearing black with a white collar

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Frans Hals and Studio

Antwerp 1582/83 - 1666 Haarlem

Portrait of a man, three-quarter-length, wearing black with a white collar

oil on canvas

78.9 x 66.1 cm.; 31 x 26 in.

The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: The painting is lined and there is good adhesion between the original canvas and the lining fabric. There are no distortions or tears and good tension across the canvas is maintained. Original canvas cusping to all edges can be detected. The paint layer is stable and secure and in a good preserved state. Canvas weave is noticeable through areas of the composition, the background and through the darker passages of hair and the shadow of the cheek, along with exposure of the warm ground colour where the thinly painted layer has become more transparent over time. Natural pentimenti can be detected to the figure. U-V light shows very minor mitigation of the canvas weave. Closer inspection shows minor pitted paint loss along the raised warp and weft of the canvas in the background. The energetic and bravura technique along with the virtuosic application of the brushstrokes, particularly through the sitter's jacket, and the preservation of the impasted highlights, are evident. Some minor thinness through the darker passages and the more subtle glazing has resulted in a slight loss of modelling through the hair and the sitter's proper left eye. Chromatic and tonal qualities are intact. The painting presents well.

"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.


Admiral Sir Montague Edward Browning (1863–1947), London;

Sir Hugh P. Lane (1875–1915), London;

With Arthur Ruck, London;

With John Levy Galleries, New York;

From whom acquired by Mrs Benjamin F. Jones Jr. (d. 1941), Sewickley Heights, Pennsylvania;

Her posthumous sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 4-5 December 1941, lot 29;

With Schneider Gabriel, New York;

Ira S. French, New York;

By whom sold, London, Christie's, 24 May 1963, lot 25, to Acquavella;

With Acquavella Galleries, New York;

Mr and Mrs Smith W. Bagley (1935–2010), Winston-Salem, North Carolina, by 1967;

Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 26 November 1971, lot 80, for 11,000 Guineas, where acquired.

W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals: des Meisters Gemälde (Klassiker der Kunst), Stuttgart 1921, no. 65, reproduced (as Hals, circa 1627–30); 

W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals: des Meisters Gemälde (Klassiker der Kunst)Stuttgart 1923, p. 318, no. 189, reproduced (as Hals, circa 1640; as possibly signed with monogram, right);

W.R. Valentiner, Frans Hals Paintings in America, Connecticut 1936, reproduced pl. 35 (as Hals, circa 1630);

C. Grimm, L'opera completa di Frans Hals, Milan 1974, p. 110, no. 219, reproduced (listed under 'Other attributed works');

S. Slive, Studies in the History of European Art, Frans Hals, London 1974, vol. 3, p. 146, no. D.50, reproduced fig. 171 (under 'Doubtful and wrongly attributed paintings');

To be included in Professor Claus Grimm's forthcoming catalogue raisonné, to be published online in collaboration with the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie in the Hague, as no. A3-16, reproduced (as Frans Hals and Assistant).

Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina collects: a loan exhibition of North Carolina owned art objects, 10 – 29 October 1967, no. 18.