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Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588? - 1629):
Portrait of a Man playing the Bagpipes
A710; oil on canvas; 94 x 75 cm.
Signed and dated: HTBrugghen fecit 1624 (HTB in monogram).
Prov: Harold Davis; W.W. Adams; Percy Moore Turner.
Purchased, 1944; WA1944.101.
The model in this painting seems to be the same as the bagpiper in a painting of the same year in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne. Both belong to a group of similar half-length musicians which the artist started in 1621. The subject was popular among the followers of Caravaggio in Utrecht where ter Brugghen settled c. 1615 on his return from Rome.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation