Nov 13, 2012
Oct 28, 2008

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

c. 1865–1875

Charcoal with stumping, heightened with white chalk

Support: Coarse brown wove paper

Sheet: 36.6 x 27.9 cm (14 7/16 x 11 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.403



The anonymity of artist and sitter by no means lessens the appeal of this portrait. The distinct lighting from the right suggests the artificial illumination of an interior. Perhaps this portrait of a youthful, dapper man is one of the many that young artists in training typically made in the studios of their fellows. It could be, on the other hand, a self-portrait made by a young man carefully examining himself in a mirror.

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