Portrait of a Gentleman

Henry Benbridge (American, Philadelphia 1743–1812 Philadelphia)
ca. 1770–72
Oil on canvas
49 1/4 x 39 1/2 in. (125.1 x 100.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Morris K. Jesup Fund, Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, and Louis V. Bell Fund, 1969
Accession Number:
Not on view
The most remarkable aspect of this picture, which is among the finest examples of Benbridge's work, is the confidence and elegance with which it is painted. The subject is unknown, but it must have been painted in Philadelphia during the early 1770s, just after the artist returned from five years abroad. His study in Italy clearly made an improvement in his style. The composition is well balanced and enhanced by a mixture of bright and subtle colors.
Albert Duveen, New York, by 1965; with Anton Rudert, New York, 1969