Early Nineteenth Century Three Quarter Length Oil Portrait of a Gentleman. Circle of Sir Martin Archer Shee
A large early nineteenth century three quarter length oil portrait of a gentleman standing in a landscape, complete with original ornate gilt and gesso frame.
This aristocratic sitter is featured in early nineteenth century dress with high collar, swept hair and large sideburns with a dog’s head walking cane beside a classical urn on pedestal.
Although no signature is present, the picture has been suggested to be an example by Sir Martin Archer Shee owing to the low viewpoints, strong individual face and skies that are often seen in Shee’s portraits.
The canvas has been sympathetically cleaned and relined by a professional conservation team and although the relining has covered the original back, the canvas has a stamp stating, C Davey, Artists Colourman, 83 Newman St, Oxford St, London. (a reproduced photograph is attached to the back)
Charles Davey was a prominent seller of artists material and traded from 1843 – 1863. His father began the business in 1811 and the company had numerous artists such as Thomas Lawrence, Landseer, Turner and Clarkson Stanfield. It is thought that they also supplied materials to the Royal Academy which would lend some credence to the Archer Shee attribution given that he took over the Presidency of the association from Thomas Lawrence in 1830 and retired in 1845.
Given the attribution, the dates of trading for Charles Davey (1843-1863) and the style of dress of the gentleman sitter, the painting is likely to have been produced in the early 1840’s. A man of some means owing to the architectural motifs and the expense that would have been lavished on the frame.
A robust and extremely well executed early nineteenth century portrait.
Height: 47 & three quarter inches
Width: 57 inches