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Oil painting - An Unknown man

An Unknown man

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Bernard H. Webb

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

An oil portrait of a man in three-quarter profile, with long hair and a moustache, wearing 17th century costume.

Place of Origin

Germany (painted)


ca. 1640 (painted)



Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas


Height: 56.5 cm estimate, Width: 42 cm estimate, :

Descriptive line

Oil portrait of an unknown man, formerly attributed to William Dobson. German School, ca. 1640.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 128, cat. no. 146.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: Printed Under the Authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921

Production Note

Attributed to William Dobson as a portrait of John Lilburne when it was auctioned in 1904, this attribution was abandoned when it entered the Museum. The name LILBURNE, inscribed on the lower right hand corner, turned out to be a later addition and disappeared when it was cleaned in 1960. Kauffmann (1973) considers it to be German, from the period of the Thirty Years' War (ca. 1640).


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting


Paintings; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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