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Title Unknown Gentleman in Armour
Collection Aberdeenshire Heritage
Artist After Wissing, Willem (Dutch painter, ca. 1656-1687)
Previously attributed to school of Honthorst, Gerrit van (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1590-1656, active in Italy)
Date Earliest about 1685
Date Latest probably about 1715
Description The pose in this portrait of an unknown man is after the Dutch artist Willem Wissing's 1685 portrait of Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (Wilton House). There are slight variations in the fall of the sitter's wig and the angle of the right arm in the present portrait, but the armour, the left arm, the helmet and the tree are all taken from the earlier portrait. Wissing (1656-1687), from The Hague, was a pupil of Charles II's Principal Painter, Peter Lely, and became a successful portraitist in his own right following his master's death in 1680.
Current Accession Number PEHMS:P11810
Subject portrait
Measurements 121.9 x 92.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown
Notes There are several extant versions of Wissing's portrait (including a good example in the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas). The image was engraved by John Smith in 1708 (National Portrait Gallery, London). The prime version is illustrated in Pembroke, S. Earl of, A catalogue of the paintings & drawings in the collection at Wilton House, Salisbury, Wiltshire, London, 1968, ill. no. 11.
Rights Owner Aberdeenshire Council
Author David Taylor
 

 

 

 

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