Portrait of a bearded gentleman, half length, in a black doublet with a white lace collar oil on panel 69.7 x 59.8cm (27 7/16 x 23 9/16in).
The obvious differences between the present painting and the celebrated portrait of the Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals in the Wallace Collection are in the costume, in particular the absence of a broad-brimmed black hat and the nature of the collar. It is also on panel (despite the fact that the Wallace Laughing Cavalier was described in Hofstede de Groot and earlier references as being on panel, there is no evidence that that painting was ever on panel and later transferred; see C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century (London, 1913), vol. 10, no. 291). The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals was painted in 1624 when the sitter was 26 years old.