About this artwork

This elegant lady and gentleman are portrayed outside on a terrace with gardens beyond. Their poses, gesture and appearance suggest they may be an engaged or newly wed couple. Both are fashionably dressed. The dog was a traditional symbol of fidelity and the man’s gesture implies his heart is pledged to the young woman by his side.

  • title:
    Portrait of a Couple
  • accession number:
    NG 117
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    possibly 1650s
  • measurements:
    135.00 x 147.30 cm (framed: 163.50 x 174.80 x 11.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased by the Royal Institution 1840; transferred to the National Gallery of Scotland 1859
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Pieter Nason

Pieter Nason