Lot 27: ATTRIBUTED TO GILBERT STUART, (AMERICAN 1755-1828), PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
December 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
ATTRIBUTED TO GILBERT STUART
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
Bears artist''s name on label verso, oil on canvas
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5cm)
Christie''s, London, sale of July 14, 1989, lot 96.
Fine Arts Society, London, United Kingdom, no. 12723.
Gilbert Stuart was an extremely prolific artist, executing more that 1,100 portraits in his lifetime. Based on the style of the sitter''s hair and dress, this particular portrait was most likely painted during the 1780s when the artist was working in London. It was during this time that Stuart studied closely with American painter Benjamin West and mastered the techniques of the English grand manner. This period of his career proved to be extremely influential and after five years in London, Stuart finally achieved fame, becoming one of the most sought- after artists in England alongside contemporaries such as Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds.
Frame: 35 x 30 in.
The relined canvas in generally fair overall condition with much of the painting in original unrestored condition, and with areas of the painting showing restoration under u.v. light. The areas of restoration and retouch include: parts of figure's vestment, minor retouch to part of white shirt, an area of restoration in background at center right, minor linear retouch at upper center in background, just below frame liner, and some restoration and retouch - prominent in places - to parts of figure's head and hair, the most prominent area of restoration at part of figure's forehead/part of hair over right eye. There is a slight, unobtrusive surface scratch in background at upper left near frame liner
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