19th-Century Portrait Of A Gentleman With A Red Waistcoat

19th-Century Portrait Of A Gentleman With A Red Waistcoat

A characterful late 19th-century portrait of a rugged gentleman wearing a cravat, red waistcoat and brown overcoat. He’s a man with purpose and clearly too busy to shave.

His outfit dates to around 1830, which is a little earlier than the portrait, so perhaps this is a copy of an older work. Or alternatively, could it be a portrait of an actor in costume? Perhaps a character from a Dickensian play, such as a Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist.

The portrait is housed within a handsome gilded frame with pierced foliate scrollwork.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 15” x 17” / 38cm x 44cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Provenance: England
Condition: Craquelure throughout but the paint layer is stable. Small blemish in the lower right. Frame with 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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