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Stephan Strauch

(1645 Nuremberg – 1677 drowned in the River Pegnitz)

Self-portrait. Etching. 8.2 x 5.2 cm. Andresen V 252, 8 II; Nagler XX, p. 18.

The Nuremberg painter and etcher, Stephan Strauch, was the son of the better-known painter, miniaturist and printmaker, Georg Strauch (1613–1675). Strauch junior is known only for a few etched portraits – he drowned at the age of thirty-two in the nearby River Pegnitz. This little, half-length self-portrait shows the artist wearing a doublet and sporting a neckerchief. He looks out at the viewer with an open gaze; his long, flowing hair and the little moustache are fully in line with the fashion of the time. The highly elaborate monogram testifies to his proud self-confidence. The portrait is extremely rare. A very fine, tonal impression with the full paper margins. Minor ageing, otherwise in excellent, unrestored condition.

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