This confident self-portrait by François Halkett (1856-1921) captures him in the prime of his life. At 33, he’d won multiple awards, married the beautiful Clémence Dubois and was about to exhibit at the extraordinary World Fair in Paris.
Note the bravado - chest puffed outwards, cigar in hand, all-knowing expression. He had the world at his feet.
The portrait is signed in the lower left and housed within a fine gilt frame.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 29½” x 33½” / 75cm x 85cm Year of creation: 1889 Condition: Craquelure but the paint layer is stable. Frame with some light wear. Artist’s auction highlight: £9,578 achieved for an oil painting in 2010.