Jean-Baptiste van Loo specialized mainly in painting portraits. He was born in Aix-en-Provence and received his basic education in painting from his father Louis-Abraham van Loo. He worked mainly in Rome and Turin, and later in Paris and in England, where he painted many portraits.
His works are characterized by realism and expressive colors, both of which can be seen in this painting. Based on his ornate clothing, the man is a member of a higher social class, he stands sideways and his hand resting comfortably behind his jacket flap. His shirt is decorated with ruffles, other layers are embroidered in gold and bright colors.