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Portrait of an Unknown Man in a Beaver Hat

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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This strong and commanding image of an unknown man, wearing a hat made of felted beaver fur, probably shows a friend or acquaintance of the artist. It is likely that he was a Nonconformist who lived in Bristol. He also appears as the bookseller pointing at a bible in Samuel Colman's 'St James's Fair, Bristol' of 1824. Colman advertised himself as a portrait painter and drawing master and it is likely that he largely supported himself in this way. Few of his portraits are known today.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



Portrait of an Unknown Man in a Beaver Hat




oil on canvas


H 75.9 x W 65.5 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1989

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