An original late 19th-century oil painting, Artist Portrait, Possibly Sir William Quiller Orchardson RA.
A compelling and sensitively painted miniature portrait in oil on board. The painting has a historic inscription on the verso, 'Orchardson?'.
The figure in the portrait bears strong resemblance to the artist Sir William Quiller Orchardson (1832-1910), and if a portrait of that artist, it would be in his later years, with hair slightly greying, and more rotund in stature than earlier in life. The portrait catches a fleeting moment, the artist's attention momentarily turned away from his canvas, his gaze one of quiet contemplation.
The composition is typical of a self-portrait, artists often choosing to paint themselves with palette and brushes in hand - profound expressions of self-image and self-knowledge.
Unsigned. Inscribed verso.
The painting is executed on a small fragment of thin artist's board, the edges of which are somewhat irregular, with some wear to the corners and down the right edge. There are also patches of wear and the appearance of slight blanching to the paint surface in places. Please see photos for detail.
9.2cm x 6.7cm.
Sir William Quiller Orchardson (1832-1910) was a Scottish painter of genre subjects and portraits, active in London from 1862. He made his name with historical costume pieces, but he later did his finest work in modern-day scenes of upper-class married life. He is known for his reticent colour schemes and use of empty spaces in his interior scenes to create psychological tension. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1868 and a full member in 1877. His works can be found in numerous public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Tate, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums and Royal Academy Collection.
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Product code: JN-183