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A Young Gentleman at a Drawing Table

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Portrait of a young gentleman, situated within a sparsely furnished interior setting, standing forward-facing and leaning against a drawing table. He holds an open book in his right hand and leans with the same arm against the drawing table, to the left of the figure; his left hand is in his waistcoat pocket and he stands with one leg crossed in front of the other. The room has no furniture other than the table; in the background is a fireplace with a landscape painting set into the wall above. The figure wears a blue frock coat, with round cuffs, gold coloured buttons (probably brass) and braided buttonholes, also in gold; he has a matching single-breasted waistcoat and buttoned knee breeches, all of which appear to have been made of a woollen cloth; around his neck he has a stock, frilled shirt ruffles at his wrists, knotted stockings, and cow-heeled black leather shoes with square buckles, which may be inlaid with paste gems.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 50.9 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased from Mr Charles A. Jackson, 1928

Work type


Inscription description

inscribed (indistinctly) on skirting at lower left: Ar / 1761 (condition report by J.B.T., 1973)


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