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Self Portrait at the Easel by Jens Juel 1766

Posted by on October 16, 2014

Selfportrait at the easel by Jens Juel(1745-1802)_1766Jens Juel (1745-1802)

Is that a muller on the window sill?  He shows up with this hat in other self portraits, is it sheep skin hat with the wool on the inside?

Detail: painter, portrait, window, curtain, bottle, small glass bottle, brushes, pigments, shell,  pallet, easel, canvas, shirt, waistcoat, hat, chair

4 Responses to Self Portrait at the Easel by Jens Juel 1766

  1. Lady Smatter

    I think I see bladders full of paint on the table under the windowsill! I’ve seen pictures of some bladders that belonged to Constable, now held in the Tate, but it’s nice to see a representation of what they looked like when “fresh.”

  2. Lady Smatter

    Also, the texture of the cap in the other self-portrait by Jens Juel suggests that it is not sheepskin, but a knitted and “thrummed” cap worn with the thrumming inside. Here’s a blog post about an 18th century thrummed cap.

  3. Gary Zahradka

    I don’t think it is a muller, rather some sort of caster. A muller wouldn’t be made of metal so as to not add any minerals to the pigment.

  4. Jason

    On the window sill there is a bottle, possibly of oil that he is sun thickening. The other object isn’t stone or glass so it isn’t a muller. On the table, there are paint filled bladders, a shell (interesting possible use since shells weren’t really used with oil paints). The tin box likely holds brushes he’s been using in turpentine or oil. There is also a chalk holder.

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