Early 20th-Century British School

Portrait Study Of An Edwardian Gentleman

Early 20th-Century British School

Portrait Study Of An Edwardian Gentleman

This early 20th-century British oil painting depicts an Edwardian gentleman with a beard and moustache.

With his deep-set, all-knowing eyes, carefully coiffed moustache and furrowed brow, he’s a chap with a host of stories. He’s lived through the Victorian era, seen a bewildering amount of change - both in terms of technology and society. And here he is, late in life, captured skilfully by a well-trained hand.

When acquired, the painting lacked clarity due to its degraded varnish and accumulated soot etc. Following a thorough clean and revarnish, its evident qualities were revealed, much to our satisfaction. The transformation was considerable and it’s a fine work.

Held within a later frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 25” x 29” / 64cm x 74cm
Year of creation: c. 1910
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light 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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