19th-Century Austrian School, Portrait Of A Gentleman With A Bowtie & Gloves

19th-Century Austrian School, Portrait Of A Gentleman With A Bowtie & Gloves

This fine mid-19th-century portrait depicts a gentleman wearing a deep crimson waistcoat, white shirt and green/grey jacket. He holds a pair of silk gloves in his left hand and sports a large black bowtie.

The portrait was acquired from Austria and it’s interesting to compare his style with that of British gentlemen from the same period. Traditionally, British males wore matching coats, waistcoats and trousers after the style set by Prince Albert. But here, we see fashion which is more characterful and off-beat. Clearly a man of means, he also displays a rather large ring set with a ruby and a very fancy pocket watch chain.

The portrait is housed within a fine 19th-century frame with gilding and extensive corner ornamentation.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 31” x 36” / 79cm x 92cm
Year of creation: c. 1850
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some 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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