Two Portraits of Hurd

Compare the unfinished and finished portraits of Nathaniel Hurd.

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No books.
Nathaniel Hurd's arms and chest are bare in the unfinished portrait. He is depicted in his working clothes.
Typically men shaved their heads and wore wigs during this period. When they were at work or at home reading, they wore turbans.
This is a grey layer of underpainting.
Typically men shaved their heads and wore wigs during this period. When they were at work or at home reading, they wore turbans.
In the finished portrait, Nathaniel Hurd is shown wearing a silk "banyan" or Turkish-style robe worn by gentlemen "at home." His arms and chest are covered, indicating his status as a gentleman.
The books on the table of the finished painting are Guillim's Display of Heraldry and Simpson's Book of Cyphers, used to find images of coats of arms and patterns for initials.
Copley depicts Hurd staring into the distance.
Here, Hurd is shown looking directly at the viewer.