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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
Hermannus Alexander Roell is seated in a magisterial leather-backed chair with ornately carved arms and legs. He leans forward, quill in hand, to write in a book at a (his?) desk. The desk is decorated by a great circular seal on which a bear (?) is prominent. Behind Roell, to his right, are the floor to ceiling shelves of a library, to his left, dark drapery. The drapery and the books divide the background diagonally. Roell gazes hawk-like out of his portrait, his dark eyes and furrowed brow, the set of his jaw—all speak of his authority. Dressed in the dark robes and square white collar of a Doctor of Theology, Roell seems to be the sort who takes nothing lightly.