Sir William Rothenstein
Jan Toorop 1894

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Jan Toorop
Date 1894
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 622 x 508 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1924
Not on display

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This is a portrait of the Dutch symbolist painter, Jan Toorop, who came to England in 1885. Rothenstein later recalled that he had a ‘magnificent head’ and the ‘physical glamour of a portrait by Titian or Tintoretto’. Rothenstein emphasises Toorop’s distinguishing features, including his thick black hair and penetrating eyes. 

Rothenstein wrote that Toorop was one of his first models when he settled in London, and that the study was done in one sitting as he ‘didn’t know how to repaint’.

August 2004

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