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Portrait of a white-haired man
oil on canvas
108.9 × 92.7 cm
inscribed in brown paint u.c.: Rembrandt f. / 1667
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1951
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Gallery location
17th Century & Flemish Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Portraits
Subjects (specific)
beards black (colour) brown (colour) grey (colour) half figures human hair men (male humans) tassel

After Rembrandt moved to Amsterdam in late 1631, portraits, both of individuals and of groups, became his financial mainstay. Portraiture represents almost two-thirds of his entire oeuvre. The sitter’s right hand is cropped, a detail that has given rise to speculation that the canvas has been cut. Technical evidence, however, indicates that this has not been the case and that the composition is exactly as Rembrandt intended it to be. This painting is an outstanding example of Rembrandt’s late style and is the second last portrait he made, only two years before his death.

Frame: Reproduction, 1997, based on a Dutch frame from 1665


Three frames have been used for Rembrandt Portrait of a white haired man, 1667.
The painting was acquired in 1951 with a nineteenth century gilded, empire style frame (identified in storage in the 1990s). (above right)
In 1954, then Director, Daryl Lindsay had a frame made in London by Frederick Pollak, using a form that made reference to Dutch frames. (above left)
With new reference material, a re-framing of Portrait of a white haired man was proposed in 1996 and the frame ordered in 1997.
The frame was made in London.
The prototype for this frame is from 1665, two years earlier than the painting.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV

Ebonised fruit wood.