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Maker(s):Dance, Nathaniel (attributed)
Culture:English or American
Title:Portrait of a Man in Wig
Date Made:1775-1785
Materials:oil on canvas, wood, gilding
Place Made:United Kingdom; England or United States
Measurements:canvas: 30 x 25 in.; 76.2 x 63.5 cm; framed: 31 1/2 x 36 1/2 in.
Accession Number:  HD 56.163
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Frederick B. Hufnagel
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Oil portrait of the half-length figure of a man, with a powdered wig and tricorn hat, wearing a tan coat over a brocaded waist coat, in an ornate gilt frame. This portrait was originally attributed to Sir Nathaniel Dance (1734-1811), a British artist who had a strong influence on American painters who studied in London. However, Ellis Waterhouse, a British art historian and author of books on Reynolds and Gainsbrough, did not believe it to be by Dance.


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