The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Portrait of a Man
  • Cornelis de Vos (c. 1584 - 1651)
  • Portrait of a Man
  • Southern Netherlands
  • c. 1624 - c. 1625
  • Painting
  • Oil on panel
  • Image size: 123.2 x 93.2 cm
    Object size: 146 x 116 x 10.5 cm
  • P18
  • East Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Cornelis de Vos, a member of the Antwerp Painters’ Guild, was a portraitist much influenced by his contemporaries, Rubens and Van Dyck. This portrait, together with a portrait of a Flemish lady (see P22), were bought as pendants by Sir Richard Wallace from the dealer Nieuwenhuys in 1872. The pictures were previously thought to represent the artist’s brother, the animal painter Paul de Vos, and his wife, Isabella Waerbeke, whose portrait by Van Dyck is also in the collection (see P16). Subsequent research has shown, however, that the two pictures are unrelated. They are of differing dimensions and show unrelated backgrounds with the sitters placed at different levels. The present picture is therefore of an unknown sitter and has been dated to c.1625. It illustrates how de Vos began to open the backgrounds of his portraits to include distant views of outdoor scenery.