Isaac Fuller Portrait of an Unknown Man c.1660

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Artist
Isaac Fuller c.1606–1672
Title
Portrait of an Unknown Man
Date c.1660
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1245 x 1022 mm
frame: 1395 x 1203 x 84 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1955
Reference
T00056
Not on display

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The name of the poet John Cleveland (upper left) was added in the early eighteenth century, when the Earl of Oxford included this painting in his collection of portraits of famous writers. However, the architectural plan suggests that this man was either an architect or an antiquarian.

Isaac Fuller was a portrait and decorative painter who worked in Oxford and London. According to Sir Peter Lely he spent much of his time drinking in London taverns. The harsh drama of this portrait is typical – as is the exaggerated depiction of muscles, possibly learned from his teacher in Paris, François Perrier.

April 2005

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