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Kneller, Godfrey
Portrait of a Man
1685-1690

The late 1680s, when Godfrey Kneller created this portrait, are considered the zenith years of the artist’s career. The young professional wears a hairstyle that was fashionable at the time: the corkscrew wig. It was common for men of standing to own at least two wigs, so that one would always be ready. Some men would cut their own hair and re-purpose it for a wig, while others would fashion one from their wives’ hair.

 
Kneller, Godfrey
Lubeck, Germany 1646–London, England 1723
Portrait of a Man
1685-1690
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.8 cm; 88.5 x 76.0 cm (in the frame)
Gift of Mary, Georgiana and Venetia Stewart, in memory of Professor J. Douglas Stewart, 2011
53-055

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