Unknown man, formerly known as Daniel Purcell

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Unknown man, formerly known as Daniel Purcell, attributed to John Closterman, 1690s - NPG 1463 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Unknown man, formerly known as Daniel Purcell

attributed to John Closterman
oil on canvas, 1690s
22 in. x 18 1/2 in. (559 mm x 470 mm)
Given by Charles Burney, 1907
Primary Collection
NPG 1463


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  • Daniel Purcell (1660?-1717), Musician; brother of Henry Purcell. Sitter associated with 1 portrait.

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This portrait can be dated to the 1690s, from the evidence of the man's costume. He is shown seated at a harpsichord with a pile of music books, one of which is open at an unidentified 'Sonata Settima'. He holds a miniature portrait of an unknown woman, which he points to with his left hand. The sitter was formerly thought to be Henry Purcell (1659-95), or his brother Daniel (?1660-1716), who was also a composer.

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