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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
Tjerk Hiddes de Vries projects the fearsome aspects of his nature in this portrait. His brows curve to a scowl, while the eyes below follow us warily. His left eyelid droops slightly. Tjerk Hiddes' broad, prominent nose is punctuated by a flamboyantly extended moustache. Small lips and a dimpled clean shaven chin round out the features of his face. The face is framed by thin curls of Tjerk Hiddes' hair which form whisps of bangs and fall below his ears, adding an unexpected softness to an otherwise hard-looking middle-aged man. At his throat is a tightly knotted white scarf, the focal point of the portrait. The Lieutenant Admiral's costume is a simple, dark robe with a lighter wide embroidered sash which extends diagonally from his right shoulder to the left hip (?) and which sports a buckle at about mid-chest. With shadows to the rear, this three-quarter portrait is framed by a simple oval moulding.