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Portrait of a Gentleman (possibly Burgomaster Nicholaes Rockox)

Originally octagonal

Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish (active Italy, Antwerp, and England), 1577 - 1640

Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

c. 1615

Oil on panel

15 1/2 x 12 5/16 inches (39.4 x 31.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Gordon A. Hardwick and Mrs. W. Newbold Ely, 1944

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Nicholaes Rockox, nine times the mayor (burgomaster) of Antwerp, was a friend and patron of Peter Paul Rubens, who described him as an "honest man and a connoisseur of antiquities." While the identification of the sitter remains uncertain and is based primarily on comparisons with other representations of Rockox, the attribution of the painting to Rubens has never been questioned.


Professor Ludwig Knaus, Berlin, by 1883 [1]; sale, Knaus, Lepke, Berlin, October 30, 1917, no. 8. Sale, Castiglione, Frederich Muller, Amsterdam, November 17-20, 1925, no. 72; with A. S. Drey, Munich; Roland Leslie Taylor (1869-1943), Philadelphia, by 1927 [2]; by inheritance to his daughters Marjorie T. Hardwick (Mrs Gordon A. Hardwick) and Elisabeth T. Ely (Mrs W. Newbold Ely); gift to PMA, 1944. 1. Exhibited by Knaus in 1883 at Ausstellung von Gemalden alterer Meister in Berliner Privatbesitz, Berlin, Akademie der Kunste, no. 53. 2. On loan to the PMA, 1927-1928.