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A Navigator with Globe and Dividers

Oil paintings

Object connections:

Collection Oil paintings, Fine art, Maritime Art Greenwich
Gallery locationTudor and Stuart Seafarers Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID BHC3132
Description A full-length portrait of a gentleman. Facing viewer's left he wears a brown doublet and a black cloak slung over his left shoulder, with a lace ruff and lace cuffs. He has black breeches, green stockings, and ornate beribboned shoes. He wears a brown glove on his left hand with a ring on the little finger and in it he also holds the glove of his right hand. His left hand rests on his hip. On the left is a table bearing a carefully delineated celestial globe. The points of a pair of dividers held in the sitter's right hand rest over the globe. Beyond, through an open window, a ship is shown to indicate his navigational pursuits. A large rolled up chart lies on the floor to the right. The architectural features suggest a panelled room with wooden columns, together with a chequered tiled floor. The artist's name is unclear but the painting bears a signature on the wooden panelling and an inscription 'Aetatis 23/Anno 1624'.
Date made 1624

Artist/Maker Borcht, Hendrick van der
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Materials oil on panel
Measurements Frame: 905 mm x 760 mm x 80 mm x 14.4 kg;Overall: 13 kg;Painting: 735 x 560 mm
  • A Navigator with Globe and Dividers (BHC3132)
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