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The Laughing Cavalier

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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The title 'The Laughing Cavalier' was coined between 1875 and 1888, yet, as has often been pointed out, the sitter is neither laughing nor a cavalier. He wears a rich jacket embroidered with motifs common in emblem books of the time and symbolic of the pains and pleasures of love, including arrows, flaming cornucopiae and lovers’ knots, which may suggest that the picture is a betrothal portrait. One of the most brilliant of all Baroque portraits, the picture’s low viewpoint and swaggering pose contribute to its sense of monumentality.

The Wallace Collection

London

  • Date

    1624

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    83 x 67.3 cm

  • Accession number

    P84

  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1865; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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