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A Young Turk

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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A young boy is leaning out of a window, resting his arms on the ledge (a favourite motif of the artist). He is wearing a gold jacket (or zupan), a closely buttoned, collarless gown with long sleeves extending over the hands, a red cloak, with a red and white turban, resembling a kolpak without the fur-trimming. His costume was worn throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia (not just in Armenia).

The artist particularly liked depicting exotic clothes and carpets from the east, alluding to Holland’s success in trade in the seventeenth century.

National Trust, Knightshayes Court



oil on panel


H 21 x W 16.5 cm

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bequeathed by Sir John Heathcoat Amory, 3rd Bt, 1972

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National Trust, Knightshayes Court

Bolham, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7RQ England

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