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image of Portrait of a Member of the Haarlem Civic Guard Frans Hals (artist)
Dutch, c. 1582/1583 - 1666
Portrait of a Member of the Haarlem Civic Guard, c. 1636/1638
oil on canvas
overall: 86 x 69 cm (33 7/8 x 27 3/16 in.) framed: 110.2 x 95.3 x 7.6 cm (43 3/8 x 37 1/2 x 3 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.68
Not on View
From the Tour: Frans Hals
Object 2 of 7

Conservation Notes

The original support consists of a medium-weight, plain-weave fabric, with part of the original tacking margin incorporated into the top edge. In a past restoration, the top, left, and right tacking margins were trimmed, and these edges were extended with 1.5 cm wide fabric strips. The paint layer present on the extensions is neither original nor of recent application. The original fabric and extensions have been lined. Cusping is found along all edges of the original support, indicating that the present dimensions have not been greatly reduced.

Paint was applied over a smooth white ground in fluid pastes and thin washes, in unblended brushstrokes, dots, and dabs of low impasto. A red underlayer visible in some areas may be part of an overall or locally applied imprimatura. Colored glazes were used extensively in the drapery. Lining has emphasized the canvas weave and slightly flattened the paint texture. Apart from a small loss in the hat, losses are confined to the edges. The brown glazes of the face and hair and blue green paint of the landscape are moderately abraded, and the darks of the clothing slightly abraded. The painting was restored in 1991.

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