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Title Portrait of a Gentleman
Collection Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea
Artist Vries, Abraham de (Dutch painter, ca.1590-ca.1650)
Previously attributed to Vries, Adriaen de (Dutch sculptor, ca. 1545 -1626)
Date Earliest probably about 1630
Date Latest probably about 1640
Signed yes
Description Abraham de Vries, a Dutch artist who may have worked in France in the 1630s, is chiefly known as a portraitist. In this portrait, he employed an unusual technique in the virtuoso rendering of the sitter's broad lace collar: he applied the paint with his thumb. His thumbprints are still visible in the paint upon close examination. The painting was cut down on the right side at a later date, with the result that much of the artist's signature was lost.
Current Accession Number SOUAG:B29
Inscription front cr 'FECIT AN/A. de V./ANNO 16'
Subject portrait
Measurements 57.5 x 47.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Walter G. Beecroft 1961.
Provenance Kenneth Graham, Duke Street, London, by 1953; acquired by Walter G. Beecroft, 31 March 1953, in exchange for two other pictures.
Principal Exhibitions Millennium Exhibition, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 2000, cat. no. 24, as by Adriaen de Vries.
Publications Hunt, C., Highlights from the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 2000, p. 16, pl. 24, as by Adriaen de Vries.
Notes This picture was catalogued erroneously as the work of Adriaen de Vries (a Dutch sculptor who died in 1626), almost certainly because of the cropping of the inscription at the right, the result of the canvas having been cut down. Abraham de Vries (about 1590 - about 1650), a Dutch painter who worked in France in the early 1630s, is probably the artist; see Foucart, J., 'Abraham de Vries en France', Bulletin de la Société de l'histoire de l'art français, 1980, pp. 127-135.
Rights Owner Copyright Southend Borough Council
Author Dr Rachel Sloan



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