19th-Century Portrait Of A French Officer

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A characterful 19th-century portrait of a French officer with a determined expression. Clearly he means business.

I wonder how the artist arrived at the point whereby they decided to give this gentleman such a steely look? Perhaps they painted exactly what they saw or did the officer insist upon it?

If you can share any information relating to the uniform, do let us know.

Medium
Oil on canvas
Overall size
20” x 24½” / 51cm x 62cm
Year of creation
c. 1860
Provenance
France
Condition
A few paint losses. Areas of light craquelure. Some minor scratches. Areas of professional restoration. Canvas relined.