Portrait of a Man

British Painter (ca. 1740)
Vellum laid on card
Oval, 1 3/8 x 1 1/8 in. (36 x 28 mm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Millie Bruhl Fredrick, 1962
Accession Number:
Not on view
In his unpublished list of the miniatures in the Fredrick collection, E. G. Paine (1960) attributes this miniature to Christian Friedrich Zincke (62.122.115, 95.14.61, 95.14.99, 48.187.495), about 1740. It was also described on accession as an enamel by C. F. Zincke. However, closer examination shows that it is not an enamel but a work on vellum, at that time a rather old-fashioned material.

This work of good quality is in a manner somewhat reminiscent of Peter Paul Lens (1714?–1750?); in fact a signed work by him of 1740 in the Portland collection is painted on vellum (Daphne Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, New York, 1972, vol. 2, pl. 208, no. 526). The possibility of a Continental origin cannot, however, be excluded. In fact, Bodo Hofstetter (1995) and Bernd Pappe (1996) have both attributed it to Jean-Baptiste Massé (57.54).

[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
Mrs. Leopold (Millie Bruhl) Fredrick, New York (by 1960–d. 1962; inv., 1960, no. 36)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 280.

Edward Grosvenor Paine. Inventory of the miniatures in the Fredrick collection. 1960, p. 6, no. 36, attributes it to Christian Friedrich Zincke and dates it about 1740.

Bodo Hofstetter. Letter to Katharine Baetjer. June 19, 1995, attributes it to Jean-Baptiste Massé.

Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 196, no. 280, ill. p. 197, call it a work of good quality in a style similar to Peter Paul Lens (1714?–?1750), but add that it could also be by a Continental painter.

Bernd Pappe. Letter to Katharine Baetjer. March 23, 1996, attributes it to J. B. Massé.