Dulwich Picture Gallery II


British School DPG402

British or Flemish School
DPG402 – A Man Frowning

17th century (?); paper lined onto canvas, 48.3 x 34.9 cm

Dulwich College 1890.

Sparkes & Carver 1890, p. 41, no. 93 (Donor, not known); Richter & Sparkes 1892 and 1905, p. 114, no. 402; Cook 1914, p. 234 (Artist unknown); Cook 1926, p. 217; Cat. 1953, p. 47; Murray 1980a, p. 302 (Unknown); Beresford 1998, p. 307 (Unknown); Jonker & Bergvelt 2016, p. 321 (Flemish School?; 17th century); RKD, no. 282510: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/282510 (Feb. 22, 2017) .

The appearance and condition are poor. The lining is old and there are old tears in the paper, noticeably round the left eye and below the shoulder on the right. Some of the tears are patched at the back. The paint is very dark, with heavy restoration and discoloured and dark varnish. Previous recorded treatment: 1994, insecure paint consolidated, N. Ryder and S. Plender.

The DPG catalogues have been very reticent about this painting, as about DPG383 (q.v.). This could be a Flemish picture, or a picture made by a Flemish artist in England, or by a British artists inspired by or after a Flemish example. Like DPG383, it may be a tronie.1 It is not clear from which collection this picture came; it was one of several which were found in Dulwich College in 1890.

British or Flemish School
A Man Frowning, 17th century?
paper on linen, oil paint 48,3 x 34,9 cm
Dulwich (London), Dulwich Picture Gallery, inv./cat.nr. DPG402


1 On tronies see e.g. Gottwald 2011, Hirschfelder 2008 and Van der Veen 1997.

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