This intriguing early 20th-century portrait by British artist, Viola Carte (1848-1926) depicts a thoughtful gentleman resting his head upon his palm. Perhaps morose, he’s deep in contemplation. A gent with a wandering mind, discontented and forlorn. Wistful and dramatic.
Carte hailed from a theatrical background as her older brother was the famous impresario, Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901). She moved in celebrity circles so could this young man be an aspiring actor? A portrait to showcase a mood?
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 16½” x 20½” / 41cm x 52cm Year of creation: c. 1900 Condition: Craquelure throughout but the paint layer has been stabilised and we have no concerns. Canvas relined. Frame with some age-related wear.