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This isn’t a portrait – it is an allegory, an attempt to represent an idea or ideal. Interpreting the symbolism, however, is difficult. We see a young man, upright and slightly aloof as he turns his head to look us directly in the eye.
The National Gallery, London
An Allegorical Subject (The Just Ruler)
Oil on oak
H 50.2 x W 37.5 cm
Presented by T. Humphrey Ward, 1889