Portrait of a Man, possibly Nicolaes Pietersz Duyst van Voorhout (ca. 1600–1650), ca. 1636–38
Frans Hals (Dutch, 1582/83–1666)
Oil on canvas; 31 3/4 x 26 in. (80.6 x 66 cm)
The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 (49.7.33)
This brilliantly painted portrait must date from about 1636–38, to judge from the style of the costume. The tentative identity of the sitter is based on an inscription on the wooden panel to which the canvas was attached until 1927. Nicolaes (or Claes) Pietersz Duyst van Voorhout (ca. 1600–1650) owned a Haarlem brewery called "The Swan's Neck." In 1629, he gave his age as twenty-nine. At his death, Duyst van Voorhout (who evidently died a bachelor) owned forty-seven paintings, of which only twenty-six are ascribed to specific artists. None of the nine portraits in the estate inventory is attributed.