19th-Century Austrian School, Pair Of Portraits

19th-Century Austrian School, Pair Of Portraits

This exquisite pair of mid-19th-century Austrian portraits are rendered with precision, careful observation, and plenty of spirit. Easily two of the finest watercolours we’ve ever seen here.

They date to around 1860, which is identifiable via the outfits. During this time, it was fashionable for gentlemen to sport long side whiskers with drooping moustaches, and wear their hair a little dishevelled. And, as we see here, this particular gent looks a tad unkempt and wind-swept. While for ladies, hair was worn with a centre parting often with curls towards the neck. And dresses tended to feature low sloping shoulders that flared out into wide sleeves.

At one point in time, this pair hung proudly in a plush Austrian home and although their identities have been lost to history, their distinguished appearances are as captivating as ever.

Both portraits are housed within later frames and inscribed on the reverse. It’s been suggested that they could be the work of either Franz (1821-1914) or Rudolf Von Alt (1812-1905).

Medium: Watercolour on card
Overall size: 13” x 15” / 34cm x 38cm
Year of creation: c. 1860
Condition: Overall very presentable. Frames with some age-related wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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