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Portrait of a Man in an Armchair
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Portrait of a Man in an Armchair


Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Oil on panel

Width: 80.8 cm ( panel ); Height: 120.9 cm ( panel ); Depth: 13.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 112 cm ( frame ); Height: 149.5 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This is an early portrait by Van Dyck, painted when he was still an assistant in Rubens’s studio.

The unidentified man is shown seated in a wide armchair. He has placed a finger in his small prayer book to mark his place. The simplicity of the architectural background, the sitter’s black clothes and his benevolent gaze give him a sober dignity (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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