A Portrait of a Gentleman seated by a red Drape; an Exotic Landscape beyond

Oil on canvas
Signed and Dated: "J Leveck. f. 1665."
103 x 89 cms (40 1/2 x 35 inches)
Essay: 

Painted in Dordrecht the sitter was clearly an important figure in the Dutch East India Company. He sits in front a red curtain (a favourite approach of Levecq's) which is drawn to the side to reveal an exotic evening landscape with palm trees.

As yet it has not been possible to identify the sitter. We are grateful to Sander Paarleberg of Dordrecht Museum for suggesting he might be from Dordrecht as Levecq was working in the city at this date. Like Samuel van Hoogstraten, the great Dordrecht portraitist, Levecq used the background to allude to the sitter's profession

Provenance: 

Private Collection, London

Literature: 

Menno van der Laan, 'Uit verre landen; Koffie, thee en andere koloniale waren', Noordbrabandts Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, June 2015, p.26, illus. col.

Exhibitions: 

Noordbrabandts Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, 'Uit verre landen; Koffie, thee en andere koloniale waren', June 2015, p.26, illus. col.