About this artwork

The identity of this man and his wife (NG 692) are not known, but the portraits were clearly intended as a pair – the figures are carefully balanced both to face each other and the world beyond the picture frame. Hals must have painted these portraits in the 1640s. His magnificent brushwork, subtle use of black tones, careful modulation of colour, and the sharp characterisation of the sitters make these some of Hals’s best portraits of the period.

  • title:
    A Dutch Gentleman
  • accession number:
    NG 691
  • artist:
    Frans HalsDutch (about 1580/85 - 1666)
  • gallery:
  • object type:
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1643 - 1645
  • measurements:
    115.00 x 86.10 cm (framed: 144.70 x 114.50 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by William McEwan 1885

Frans Hals

Frans Hals