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Portrait of a Man

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Portrait of a Man


Nicolaes Eliasz. Pickenoy (Dutch, 1588 - 1650/1656)






Oil on panel

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121.9 × 85.1 cm (48 × 33 1/2 in.)

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An inscription on this unidentified portrait indicates that the painting was made in 1632, when the sitter was twenty-seven years old. It was originally made as a pendant to Portrait of a Young Woman, acquired by J. Paul Getty in 1938. Although the sitters' identities are not known, the paintings were almost certainly created to celebrate a marriage. The pair are now reunited for the first time since they were separated in 1927.

In the three-quarter length view favored for men of his day, a young, bearded man faces diagonally to the picture plane with his left arm crooked and his hat in his right hand. His pose closely mirrors that of his wife, except that the husband's gaze and stance are more assertive while the wife's are more demure. He wears a rich black embroidered doublet with a black cloak folded around his waist and held in position by the gloved hand on his left hip. Precisely rendered white lace cuffs and collar enliven the restrained black costume.

by 1904 -
- 1906

Edward Maynard Denny, about 1832 - 1906 (London, England) [sold, Denny sale, Christie's, London, March 31, 1906, lot 57, to Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Ltd.]

1906 -

Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Ltd. (London, England)

- 1927

Louis E. Raphael (London, England) [sold, Christie's, London, May 20, 1927, lot 16, to M. Knoedler & Co. (London).]
Source: GRI, M. Knoedler & Co. records, stock book 7, p. 143, no. 16846.

1927 - 1928

M. Knoedler & Co. (London) (London, England; New York, New York; Paris, France), sold to George Leon, November 1928.
Source: GRI, M. Knoedler & Co. records, sales book 13, p. 111, no. 16846.

by 1964 - 1988

Thomas Parrington (Alderbury, Salisbury, England) [sold, Sotheby's, London, April 20, 1988, lot 46, to Richard Green.]

1988 - 1989

Richard Green Gallery [sold, Richard Green, London, 1989, lot 5, to private collection.]

- 1994

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, New York, January 14, 1994, lot 23, to Otto Naumann, Ltd.]


Otto Naumann, Ltd., New York, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994.

Old Dutch and Flemish Masters (1928)
  • Koninklijke Kunstzaal Kleykamp (The Hague), 1928
Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1450 - 1900 (January 4 to March 9, 1929)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 4 to March 9, 1929

Kerr-Lawson, J. "Portraits by Nicolas Elias." Burlington Magazine 5 (June 1904), pp. 315, 319, ill.

Wurzbach, Alfred von. Niederländisches Künstler-Lexikon. 3 vols. (Vienna and Leipzig: Verlag von Halm und Goldmann, 1906-11), vol. 1 (1906), p. 489.

Christie, Manson & Woods, London. Catalogue of Fine Ancient & Modern Pictures and Water-Colour Drawings of E. M. Denny, Esq. March 31, 1906, p. 14, lot 57, ill.

Christie, Manson & Woods, London. Highly Important Pictures by Old Masters, the Property of Mrs. Louis Raphael [...]. May 20, 1927, pp. 8, 16, no. 16, ill.

Christie, Manson & Woods advertisement. Art News 25, no. 28 (April 16, 1927), p. 6, ill.

Tentoonstelling van schilderijen door oud-hollandsche en vlaamsche meesters, exh. cat. (The Hague: Koninklijke Kunstzaal Kleykamp, 1928), p. 15, no. 29, ill.

Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1450 - 1900, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1929), p. 43, no. 74.

Country Life 71, no. 1846 (June 4, 1932), cover ill.

Balch, Allan Christopher, and James Normile, eds. The Balch Collection and Old Masters from Los Angeles Collections Assembled in Memory of Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum, 1944), under no. 30.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972), under no. 98.

Jeromack, Paul. "Pickenoy's Complaint: Irreconcilable Differences Nix Getty's Latest Matchmaking Scheme." Art & Auction 10, no. 14 (September 1988), pp. 16-17, ill.

Sotheby’s, London. Old Master Paintings. April 20, 1988, unpaginated, lot 46.

Exhibition of Old Master Paintings, exh. cat. (London: Richard Green, 1989), unpaginated, no. 5, ill.

Sotheby’s, New York. Important Old Master Paintings. January 14, 1994, unpaginated, lot 23, ill.

"Acquisitions/1994." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 23 (1995), p. 92, under no. 49.1, ill.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 95, ill.

Benézit, Emmanuel, et al. "Pickenoy, Nicolaes Eliasz." In Benézit Dictionary of Artists. 14 vols. Vol. 10, Müller - Pinchetti (Paris: Gründ, 2006), p. 1380.

Ekkart, Rudolf E. O. "Pickenoy, Nicolaes Eliasz." In Oxford Art Online, (accessed September 21, 2015).

Fredericksen, Burton B. The Burdens of Wealth: Paul Getty and His Museum (Bloomington: Archway Publishing, 2015), p. 328.