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Title Portrait of a Venerable-Looking Man
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Maes, Nicolaes (Dutch painter, 1634-1693)
Date 1666 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The brown sash, the sword barely seen on the left, and the stick identify the sitter as a captain of the Civic Guard of Dordrecht, where Nicolaes Maes worked until his move to Amsterdam in 1673. The portrait is dated 1666, when a new mode of elite self-presentation was being produced in the Netherlands by painters like Maes and Caspar Netscher. The qualities of dignity, self-control, courage and professional identity that the sitter embodies in this painting denote his gentlemanly status.
Current Accession Number B.M.142
Former Accession Number No. 347
Inscription front ll 'AET SUAE 66 MAES 1666'
Subject portrait (Captain of the Civic Guard of Dordrecht)
Measurements 87.5 x 69.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Admiral Sir Ross Donnelly sale, Christie's, London, 1841, lot 76, as 'Portrait of a Burgomaster', bought by Solly, £3 5d; purchased by John Bowes from E. Solly, 1841.
Principal Exhibitions Dutch and Flemish Paintings of the 17th Century,Pottery and Porcelain from Northern Collections, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 1963, cat. no. 11.
Publications De Groot, C. Hofstede, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century, London, 1907, cat. no. 298; Mayer, A. L., 'Die Gemäldesammlung des Bowes Museum zu Barnard Castle'(;),Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst, vol. 23(;), 1912.
Notes

Leon Krempel identified the sitter as a member of the Civic Guard of Dordrecht (correspondence, 1994).

A copy of this portrait belongs to the collection of Elmer L. Kline in Los Angeles (E. Kline, correspondence, 1973).

On Dutch male portraiture in the 1660s, see Kettering, A. M., 'Gentlemen in Satin: Masculine Ideals in Later Seventeenth-Century Dutch Portraiture', Art Journal, vol. 56, no. 2, 1997, pp. 41-47

Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón
 

 

 

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