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Title Portrait of an Unknown Gentleman
Alternative Title Portrait of John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough
Collection Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Artist Werff, Pieter van der (Dutch painter, 1665-1722)
Previously attributed to Werff, Adriaen van der (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1659-1722)
Date 1709 (dated)
Description This is a fine three-quarter length portrait of a gentleman in early middle-age. He is depicted standing, with his left hand on in hip, and his right arm resting on ledge which is covered with a carpet. He sports a very long silver wig and is luxuriously attired in a coat of a pale gold colour, with a russet-coloured velvet drape. To the right of the composition, the background comprises a distant landscape. The work forms a pair with Portrait of an Unknown Woman (1945.27).
Current Accession Number BATVG:P:1945.26
Subject portrait
Measurements 43.7 x 40.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs M. H. Williams 1945.
Principal Exhibitions Bath Assembly Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1948
Publications Catalogue of Pictures: Exhibition of Pictures in the Possession of the Corporation of the City of Bath, Bath, 1948, p. 4; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 220; Sloman, S., Victoria Art Gallery: Concise Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings, Bath, 1991, p. 109.
Notes Mrs Williams of Torquay donated a number of works to the Victoria Art Gallery, including the pendant to the present work, following the death of her husband. Other objects were given to Bristol Art Gallery.
Rights Owner Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Author Dr Susan Steer



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