The Wallace Collection

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A Hermit at Prayer
  • Studio of Gerrit Dou (1613 - 1675)
  • A Hermit at Prayer
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1646 - c. 1675
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 41.2 x 29.1 cm
  • P177
  • East Galleries I
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • A similar subject to Dou’s Hermit (P170), A Hermit at Prayer is one of a number of copies of an original by Dou, signed and dated 1646, now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. The Wallace Collection’s picture lacks the finesse of the original, and appears to be a good studio replica. The Day Book of the picture dealer John Smith for 11 March 1820 records the cleaning and repairing of a frame for the present picture, which was provided with an ‘artist’s trophy’, or label, which identified the artist.