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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Master of the 1540s, Netherlandish
Previously attributed to Jan van Scorel, Netherlandish (1495 - 1562)
Portrait of a Man
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands
Physical Descriptions
Oil on oak panel
40 x 35 cm (15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)
frame: 54 x 48.6 cm (21 1/4 x 19 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: 1541, upper edge, paint: [u.l.:] ANNO 1541; [u.r.:] SVAE AETATIS [ ]
Charles Andrew Rouse-Boughton-Knight, Downton Castle, Herefordshire, To his nephew, William M. P. Kincaid-Lennox.
Major William Mandeville Peareth Kincaid-Lennox, Downton Castle, Herefordshire, From his uncle Charles Rouse-Boughton-Knight, Sold at Sotheby's London, 1962. Kincaid-Lennox died 1969
Galerie Cramer, The Hague, Purchased at Sotheby's June 27 1962, 1966. Purchased from Kincaid-Lennox sale for £1100; the painting was no. 9, then given to Jan van Scorel.
Vermeer Associates Limited, New York, NY, Purchased at Christie's NY, 1992, Sold to the Harvard University Art Museums, 2001. The work was lot 49.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Kate, Maurice R. and Melvin R. Seiden Special Purchase Fund in honor of Ron Spronk
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Solomon Charles Kaines Smith, Commemorative Exhibition of the art treasures of the Midlands, exh. cat., Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (Birmingham England, 1934), no. 151

"Notable Works of Art Now on the Market: Supplement", The Burlington Magazine (December 1962), vol. 104, no. 717 [n.p.], pl. VI [text unpaginated, following p. 568]

Max J. Friedlander, Antonis Mor and his Contemporaries, A.W. Sijthoff (Leyden, 1975), no. 242, p. 93, repr. as pl. 122

Ron Spronk, "More than Meets the Eye: An Introduction to Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Paintings at the Fogg Art Museum", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin (1996), vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 13-18, 30-32, 44-45

Ron Spronk, "A ‘Portrait of a Man’ by the Master of the 1540s", Album Discipulorum: J.R.J. van Asperen de Boer, Waanders Uitgevers (Zwolle, 1997), pp. 197-202, pp. 197-202

J. S. Arney and Laura Arney, "Imaging Science in Art Conservation", ed. Joseph Hornak, J. Wiley (New York, NY, 2002), p. 671, technical photos repr. as figs. 15A, B, C, and D

Peter Klein, "Dendrochronological Analyses of Netherlandish Paintings", Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting, ed. Molly Faries, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge MA, 2003), pp. 65-81, p. 80, in table 5

Exhibition History

Commemorative exhibition of the art treasures of the Midlands, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 11/06/1934 - 12/06/1934

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