Portrait of a Gentleman

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Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Portrait of a Gentleman
Private Collection / Photograph by Martine la Roche
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Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Portrait of a Gentleman
c.1749 (undated)
Oil on canvas
Metric: 76.3 x 63.5 cm
Imperial: 30 x 25 in.
Private Collection, England
Wilson Online Reference
Shown half-length and turned to the right in a feigned oval, the sitter wears a purple coat, white stock, and a blue waistcoat with gold frogging.
Thomas Vincent 1878; Anon sale, Sotheby's London, 22 March 2005 (49); Anon sale Christie's South Kensington, 5 December 2007 (169); Anon sale Christie's South Kensington 9 December 2011 (50)
Unsigned; no inscription
Techniques and materials
Thinly painted in areas, especially the sleeve of the coat. The hair is undifferentiated, rather block-like and bland. The line of the forehead is imprecise and there is a possible pentiment where it joins the hair. At the upper right the forehead has lost its cream glaze and is showing grey parallel diagonal hatching. There are short vertical non-descriptive brushstrokes in an area lower right just within the painted oval. There is a pentiment at the elbow of the coat. The neck and kerchief are stiffly painted but the buttons, frogging and lighting behind the head at the right are good.
[1] Photography label on cross-stretcher: Christie's 8 June 2011
[2] Sale stencil in black paint on lower left upright stretcher: TSS99 [or TS899]
[3] Three small white modern stickers: C L 304
Relined. Horizontal scratch at left centre and surface scratches also visible elsewhere. Round area of damage to coat lower centre. The frame is regilded 'period'.