Portrait Of A Gentleman With A White Glove

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A fine half-length continental portrait depicting a country gentleman wearing a frock coat, white shirt, blue tie and white glove. His right hand is partially hidden behind the opening of his coat.

The style of this gentleman’s outfit fits with the fashion of the 1830s-1840s. Frock coats were increasingly popular and had replaced tail coats for day wear. These tended to be calf-length and often double-breasted. Shoulders were sloped and waists were tight, much like the style that females adopted around the same time.

It’s also interesting to note that he’s standing outside with some greenery clearly visible behind him, as perhaps this suggests his fondness for Romanticism (either that or he’s a landowner). The Romantic Era reached its peaked between 1800-1850 and emphasised emotion, individualism, and the glorification of nature. It was, in part, a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the rationalisation of the natural world.

Housed in an ornate gilded swept frame with beautiful scroll and foliate decoration.

Oil on canvas
Size including frame
21” x 17½” / 53cm x 44.5cm
Year of creation
c. 1830 - c. 1850
A slightly cloudy area around the shoulder which may disappear with a light clean. Canvas relined. Frame with a few losses.