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The Toper

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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'The Toper' (drinker or drunkard) is shown in the costume of an early sixteenth-century knight wearing a gold medallion of Saint George. In the nineteenth century the picture was thought to be by another follower of Rembrandt, Jan Victors, and to depict the imprisoned Arnold, Duke of Guelders (1423–1473. The intensity of the facial characterisation has led more recent viewers to speculate that The Toper may be a self-portrait, although the picture does not resemble Bol’s known Self-Portrait (1653; private collection).

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1650–1651

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 89.2 x W 82.3 cm

Accession number

P74

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1843; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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