19th-Century Portrait Of A French Officer

19th-Century Portrait Of A French Officer

A characterful 19th-century portrait of a French officer with a determined expression. Clearly he means business.

I wonder how the artist arrived at the point whereby they decided to give this gentleman such a steely look? Perhaps they painted exactly what they saw or did the officer insist upon it?

If you can share any information relating to the uniform, do let us know.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
20” x 24½” / 51cm x 62cm
Year of creation
c. 1860
A few paint losses. Areas of light craquelure. Some minor scratches. Areas of professional restoration. Canvas relined.

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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