Mid-19th-Century Dutch School

Portrait Of A Navigator

Mid-19th-Century Dutch School

Portrait Of A Navigator

This mid-19th-century Dutch oil painting depicts a well-tailored navigator sitting proudly alongside a table.

With an expression that alludes to both accrued wisdom and mild terror, he’s working hard to appear calm. Clearly a travelled man of some repute, the artist draws our eye towards the tools of his trade. On his left, a telescope, dividers, and a map signal his navigational pursuits. Perhaps he’s a merchant, travelling the seas to trade various goods.

Dating to around 1850, the hairstyle, lack of mutton chops and clean-shaven appearance are in line with the current fashions. For comparison, here’s a self-portrait from 1855 by Edgar Degas (1834-1917).

It’s signed ‘Paul’ in the lower right.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 15” x 18” / 38cm x 46cm
Year of creation: c. 1850
Condition: Canvas relined. Age-related pitting.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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