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Frans Hals Dutch, 1580
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.