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Portrait of Thomas Bulwer

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1654

Artist:

Gerard van Soest
Dutch, c. 1600-1681

About this artwork

Like many Dutch artists working in late 17th-century England, Gerard Soest catered to members of the upper social classes and aristocracy. The subject of this portrait, Norfolk gentleman Thomas Bulwer, likely hired Soest because of the painter’s ability to convey a sitter’s authority with directness and simplicity. Here, Soest depicted Bulwer clutching a scroll to signal his intellectual interests and influence. Likewise, the subject’s hand poised on the chair’s armrest suggests that he is about to rise, an indication of his active nature. The inscription and date, which were uncovered during cleaning, were added in the 18th century.

On View

Painting and Sculpture of Europe, Gallery 234

Artist

Gerard van Soest

Title

Portrait of Thomas Bulwer

Origin

Holland

Date

1654

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at top center: Thomas Bulwer: 1654

Dimensions

101.7 × 86.7 cm (40 1/16 × 34 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Alexander A. McKay Fund

Reference Number

1962.963

Extended information about this artwork

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