James Bell Anderson RSA

Portrait Of A Seated Gentleman

James Bell Anderson RSA

Portrait Of A Seated Gentleman

This early 20th-century portrait by Scottish artist James Bell Anderson (1886-1938) depicts a seated gentleman wearing a dark grey three-piece suit and white shirt.

Anderson made his name in the West of Scotland, particularly in Glasgow, where, as a specialist portrait painter, he undertook numerous commissions for local dignitaries. His approach was one which blended both style and substance. His sitters carry a dignified air yet also convey a sense of their underlying spirit.

A reporter described Anderson’s works as possessing “a certain vitality” derived through his “power of acute observation”. This being “a reflection of his own personality”.

Here, in this piece from 1932, he’s captured this particularly proud gentleman with great skill. Note the skin tones and the details on the hands.

Signed/dated lower right and held within a gilt frame.

Medium: Oil on canvas.
Overall size: 36½” x 46½” / 92cm x 118cm
Year of creation: 1932
Provenance: Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Craquelure with areas of separation but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £3,800

James Bell Anderson

James Bell Anderson

James Bell Anderson was an accomplished Scottish painter of portraits, still lifes and landscapes. He trained in Arbroath, Edinburgh and Paris at the prestigious Académie Julian. His works were shown at the leading British venues including the Royal Academy and Royal Scottish Academy where he was a member. Numerous museums hold examples of his work, particularly his portraiture.

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