This small rectangular oil painting depicts a light-skinned young man with brown hair and a light, curly mustache sitting next to a window. The man is wearing a top hat and a dark coat with just the edge of a white collar and cuffs visible. He has a pencil in his right hand and both hands are poised above a sketch pad on the table. He has stopped sketching to look out at the viewer. Light coming in from the window to the viewer's left highlights the right side of his face. A half-full glass of wine is on the table to the viewer's left.
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