Viola Carte, Portrait Of A Gentleman

Viola Carte, Portrait Of A Gentleman

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?

Inscribed on the reverse and framed.

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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.