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Unknown man, formerly known as Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen) Greetings Card

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Blank greetings card with envelope featuring:

Unknown man, formerly known as Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen) NPG 1887

© National Portrait Gallery, London

by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen)

This painting was purchased as a self-portrait of English-born artist Cornelius Johnson. However, the sitter's features bear little similarity to authenticated portraits of Johnson.
The sitter is presented simply and without decoration. His sober costume, broad shoulders and pointed beard conform to contemporary ideals of masculinity and fashion. The high quality satin doublet suggests that the sitter was reasonably wealthy. His gesture of pointing towards his chest may be intended to emphasise his virtue, strength of character and self-reliance. Similar gestures are occasionally found... more

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Size: 125mm x 175mm

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