Reserved - Late 18th-Century Portrait Of A Gentleman
A fine late 18th-century portrait depicting a gentleman wearing a grey wig, white cravat and dark coat.
It’s interesting to note that the gentleman’s hand is held inside his waistcoat, which was a popular pose in portraiture during the 18th and 19th centuries.
The pose is intended to indicate strong leadership and it’s often associated with Napoleon I of France, who was depicted this way in several portraits. But Napoleon wasn’t the first to adopt this stance as it actually dates back to classical times. Francois Nivelon's ‘A Book Of Genteel Behavior’ of 1738 refers to the pose as conveying "manly boldness tempered with modesty."
The painting is housed within an ornate swept frame with foliate decoration and the reverse displays several stock numbers including a stencil from Christie’s.
Oil on panel
|Size including frame||
16” x 14” / 41cm x 36cm
|Year of creation||
A few small losses and craquelure throughout but the paint layer is stable. Frame with very light wear.