Portrait Of A Bearded French Gentleman

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A character portrait of a bearded French gentleman with a furrowed brow and a thoughtful expression. He feels like a character from a Tolkien novel and perhaps he’s a friend of Gandalf’s. We shall never know…

The painting is signed illegibly in the lower left.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
11½” x 16¼” / 29cm x 41cm
Year of creation
c. 1880
Areas of paint loss, scuffs and craquelure. However, the paint layer is stable and not flaking. It’s recently been attached to a newer canvas.