English School, c. 1700
English School, c. 1700

Head study of a bearded man, traditionally identified as Thomas Parr (c.1483-1635)

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English School, c. 1700
Head study of a bearded man, traditionally identified as Thomas Parr (c.1483-1635)

oil on paper laid down on canvas
15 ½ x 13 ½ in. (39.4 x 34.3 cm.)

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Lot Essay

Thomas Parr was said to have lived for 152 years. Often referred to as 'Old Parr', he became a national celebrity as news of his purported age spread. He was painted by Rubens and van Dyck and was buried in Westminster Abbey on 15 November 1635; from which this work's inscription is taken.


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