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Portrait of a Seated Man, c. 1645

Frans Hals
Dutch, 1580 - 1666
oil on oak
42.4 x 33 cm
Purchased 1969
National Gallery of Canada (no. 15901)

Although suggestions have been made as to the sitter of this portrait - including two fellow artists from Hals' home town of Haarlem - his identity remains unknown. It is possible that the work belongs to a group of small portraits created for personal enjoyment. In his hand, the sitter holds a branch from an unidentified plant, possibly holly.

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