Charcoal with stumping, heightened with white chalk
Support: Coarse brown wove paper
Sheet: 36.6 x 27.9 cm (14 7/16 x 11 in.)
Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.403
The anonymity of artist and sitter by no means lessens the appeal of this portrait. The distinct lighting from the right suggests the artificial illumination of an interior. Perhaps this portrait of a youthful, dapper man is one of the many that young artists in training typically made in the studios of their fellows. It could be, on the other hand, a self-portrait made by a young man carefully examining himself in a mirror.
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