Attr. Adrien De Witte, Portrait Of A Man In Armour

Attr. Adrien De Witte, Portrait Of A Man In Armour

A bold portrait of a gentleman in armour attributed to highly regarded Belgian artist, Adrien De Witte (1850-1935).

It’s been painted with a great degree of confidence and the beard is particularly well rendered. There’s an intelligent use of light and shade throughout the face.

De Witte trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Liège and later studied in Italy at the Darchis foundation in Rome. He’s regarded as one of the brightest talents to emerge from the Academy in Liège where he was also a director from 1910 to 1913.

The portrait has a strong attribution as it was previously held for many years in a private collection alongside other works by the artist.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
21⅓” x 27½” / 54cm x 70cm
Year of creation
c. 1875
Good following its professional restoration in 1960. Frame with age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight
£3,719 achieved for ‘Nature Morte Au Bouquet’.

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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