Pieter Nason

Portrait of an unknown man, 1663 gedateerd
Dulwich (London), Dulwich Picture Gallery, [..]
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wrongly considered as a pair with the lady in Baltimore, see Bergvel/Jonker 2016
canvas, oil paint
Fine plain-weave linen canvas. The ground is light buff. The purple curtain is comprised of red and yellow earth pigments, mixed with black and lead white and is underpainted in grey. Glue-paste lined; the original tacking margins have been cut. Strips at the top and bottom are filled and retouched. The ground is brittle and cupped in areas and the top and bottom edges have cracked and blistered in the past. The crimson lake pigment in the curtain has evidently faded: the curtain has a much deeper, purplish-red tone below the frame rebate. The paint seems to be slightly bloomed where the red lake has faded. There is slight wear in the hair and proper right shoulder. Previous recorded treatment: no record of early conservation treatments; 1990, flaking paint secured, S. Plender; 2005, relined, R. Watkiss; 2005 cleaned and retouched, S. Plender; 2005, technical report, L. Sheldon (Sophia Plender).
rectangle (portrait format) 89.5 x 67,7 cm
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Pieter Nason
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dated 1663 (1663)
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Creation date: 2016-08-12; Last modified date: 2021-06-02


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