The sitter was previously believed to be Prince Alexander Mavrocordato, possibly because the princely Callimachi family, to whom this painting once belonged, (see Provenance), were related to the Mavrocordato family. In 1743 Liotard had been invited by Prince Constantine Mavrocardato to make portraits of members of the court and remained with them for 10 months. However, in the Ottoman Empire of the 18th century men all wore beards, so the sitter must be a Western gentleman shown in oriental dress.
1 Inv. no. 9139-8; see Loche and Roethlisberger 2008, vol. I, p. 274, cat. no. 66, reproduced vol. II, fig. 85.
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