Laura Gascoigne

The genius of Frans Hals

The Wallace Collection has given 'The Laughing Cavalier' an escort of 12 other bravura Hals portraits

Because he’s worth it: ‘Willem Coymans’, 1645, by Frans Hals. Credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon collection

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