Friday, October 22, 2010
Object of the Day: English Portrait of a Gentleman, 1880
This portrait of an unknown sitter is unsigned. It is painted on a wooden board. Its origins become clearer when we study the reverse of the painting. Though ripped and largely missing, the back of the piece has been lined with newspaper. The paper reads, “The Strand” and is dated to 1880. That places this painting around that time period. However, it could have been painted earlier. The gentleman’s attire suggests that this was painted in the mid to late 1870’s.