The minutely painted face, built up in dots and dashes with a tiny pointed brush, has the quality of a miniature, although the rest of the panel was painted with rough, rather untidy brushstrokes. There are numerous pentimenti, with several outlines visible around Lucas's shoulders, arms and legs, and his hat. Despite its small size, the figure has a commanding presence. The technique, particularly in the background, has the freshness of watercolour.
Unknown. Photographs show no particular change in its condition.
41.5 × 32.5 × 6 cm (16 5/16 × 12 13/16 × 2 3/8").
Last updated: 14th October 2020 by Margaret