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Portrait of an Unknown Man

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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The Dutch artist Gerard Soest worked in England from the late 1640s where he ran a successful portraiture practice. Soest's prodigious rendering of the grey silk drapery adds a touch of glamour to this middle-aged gentleman. The artist has given no clue as to the man's identity, although his garments and features are suggestive of his comfortable, prosperous lifestyle. His plump left hand exemplifies the attention Soest paid to hands, which he used to add movement and character to his portraits.

The Red Lodge Museum


Date

c.1670

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 95.5 x W 80 cm

Accession number

K1353

Acquisition method

gift from Alfred de Pass in memory of Nora de Pass, 1936

Work type

Painting


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