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Portrait of an Unknown Eighteenth-Century Gentleman

Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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This unidentified eighteenth-century gentleman wears a maroon-coloured coat with lace cuffs and a half-wig, and stands facing forward, with his left arm tucked into the front of his coat in a courtly manner – 'left arm in'. His right hand rests on a chair. There is nothing in the painting, which was presented as a portrait of George Frideric Handel, to connect the sitter with music.

Royal Academy of Music





oil on canvas


H 117 x W 93 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

gift from the executors of Mrs Howard Kyan, 1960

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Inscription description

Philips 174?


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