Christian Vilhelm Schenstrøm, Portrait Of A Gentleman

Christian Vilhelm Schenstrøm, Portrait Of A Gentleman

A museum-quality mid-19th-century portrait of a gentleman by Danish painter, Christian Vilhelm Schenstrøm (1828-1876).

It’s staggering to think that Schenstrøm painted this exquisite piece at just 30 years old. He was clearly a master of his craft. Here we see a gentleman dressed in a black jacket, white shirt, and black bow tie. He’s resting a top hat on his left arm and sports a magnificent set of sideburns. The details are extraordinary.

Schenstrøm was a specialist and only exhibited portraits. He became popular after painting the actor, N.P. Nielsen, who was well-known at the time. But like many flames that flicker early, his success was short-lived as he became partially sighted in his mid-30s. He rarely painted thereafter.

Schenstrøm trained at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

The painting is signed/dated in the lower right and housed within a gilded frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 36” x 44” / 91cm x 111cm
Year of creation: c. 1858
Provenance: Denmark
Condition: Very presentable following a light restoration. Areas of craquelure but the paint layer is stable. Frame 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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