A Young Archer
  • Date: c. 1639 - c. 1640
  • Object Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 66.2 x 50.8 cm
  • Object size: Made up to, 67.7 x 52 cm
  • Frame size: 83.5 x 69 cm
  • Inv: P238
  • Location: East Galleries I
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Further Reading
  • Govaert Flinck was first apprenticed at the age of fourteen to the painter Lambert Jacobsz. His early work resembles that of Jacob Backer, his fellow student and friend. In 1633, Flinck moved to Amsterdam and entered the studio of Rembrandt, with whom he remained for three years before setting up as an independent master in 1636. This picture was considered a fine example of Rembrandt’s work in the nineteenth century, and was acquired as such by the 4th Marquess of Hertford at the Duke of Buckingham’s Stowe House sale in 1848. The picture was re-attributed to Rembrandt’s pupil Flinck in 1928, an attribution confirmed by the remains of the artist’s signature, and by the existence of a drawing of the same model attributed to Flinck in a private collection in Paris. The subject is comparable to the tronies (character heads in exotic costume) produced by Flinck during his early years as an independent master, c.1639-40. It has been recently suggested, however, that the portrait may represent a literary character, as yet unidentified.