The painting has always been regarded as an autograph Self Portrait and has been identified as mentioned in an inventory of King Charles I in c. 1639. This attribution was rejected in the fourth volume of the Corpus in 2005, where the painting was attributed to Rembrandt's workshop, possibly Isaac de Jouderville (Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings 1982-2015, vol. 4 (2005), corrigenda et addenda, p. 601). The Walker Art Gallery adheres to the traditional attribution to Rembrandt.
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1630-1631 (1630 - 1631)
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Rembrandt van Rijn 1606-07-15 - 1669-10-04
Rijn, Rembrandt van
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Kunstschilder te Leiden en Amsterdam.
Sint Annaparochie (het Bildt) 1634-06-27 Saskia van Uylenburgh
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private collection Robert Kerr (1st earl of Ancrum), Ancrum
- 1633 Most probably given by the Sir Robert Kerr together with two other paintings to King Charles I before June 1633. From the fact that the donor is mentioned on a label on the back of the painting "Bust of an old woman" (RKDimages 282831) as Sir Robert Kerr, the gift must be made prior to June 1633. In that month he was raised to the peerage under the title of Earl of Ancram (Hoff 1935, p. 33).
private collection Charles I of England, United Kingdom
1633 - 1651-12-19 Probably identical with the painting described in Abraham van der Door's catalogue of c. 1639 of the collection of Charles I as being in the Long Gallery at Whitehall (O. Millar 1960, p. 57, no. 87): "Given to the Kinge by my Lo: Ankrom. Item above my Lo: Ankroms doore the picture done by Rembrant. being his owne picture & done by himself in a Black capp and furrd habbitt with a litle goulden chaine uppon both his Shouldrs In an Ovall and a square black frame. 2-4-1-11 [= 72,1 x 59,3 cm]". The present painting is probably also the work referred to in a list of pctures of St. James's, appraised 16 February 1649/1650 (O. Millar 1972, p. 264): "128. A. man wth a Chaine about his neck at £ 05-0-0 [by Rembrandt .. sold to Bass a/o 19 Dec. 1651]". During the Commonwealth the painting, together with others, was sold to Major Edward Bass on 19 December 1651.
Private collection , inv./cat.nr Major Edward Bass
private collection William Sidney (1st Viscount De L'Isle), Kent (graafschap)