Self Portrait by Henri Decaisne, Circa 1820
The present painting appears to be a self-portrait. Two later self-portraits depict the artist as a bearded man with the same turn of the head, strong nose, and most of all a distinct frown and intensive stare. “Le beau Flamand” he was called in the Parisian studios, an epithet which would fit the present portrait.
The significance of the chain, however, remains enigmatic.