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Big Portrait of a Big Man


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+44 (0)7831 561042


  • £5,800.00
  • €6,432 Euro
  • $7,793 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Big Portrait of a Big Man

A large and beautifully presented oil painted portrait of a Georgian gentleman sat before a curtain opened onto a view of a range of mountains. His jewellery, a watch chain with three fobs, and a mourning brooch, is conspicuously presented to the viewer; they are the only detailed element in the portrait.
Within a fine Georgian gilt gesso frame. Lined and on a new supporting stretcher.
o.s: 41.5 in x 50.5 in
It is a possibility that this portrait was commissioned to mark our young man inheriting his estate, as presented to the viewer through the window behind him. Mourning attire was not as well regulated by fashion at the turn of the 18th century as it was during the following Victorian era, however, during a period of mourning 'men wore black armbands, black gloves and some wore black cravats'. And instructions to court going into mourning for his late Royal Highness the Duke of Kent.........the ladies to wear black azins, etc., etc., ...... the gentlemen to wear black cloth, without buttons on the sleeves or pockets.'


19th Century

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Telephone: +44 (0)207 7275263

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111 Portobello Road,
W11 2DY
United Kingdom


Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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