ALBERT GREGORIUS | PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF LENGTH
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Bruges 1774 - 1853
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, HALF LENGTH
oil on canvas, unlined
canvas: 28⅞ by 23½ in.; 73.3 by 59.7 cm.
framed: 38 by 33¼ in.; 96.5 by 84.5 cm.
Canvas is unlined. Painting presents a handsome sitter, with the paint surface beautifully preserved. Details such as the gold-diamond pin on the sitter's shirt has kept its original impasto. What appears to be a thin milky stain is on the sitter's arm at left and runs for about 1 in., while another is on the arm at right and runs for about 2 in. A minor dot of loss is at top right, above the sitter's head, with another pindot of loss is on the arm at right. Frame abrasions with minor associated dots of loss are along bottom edge. Inspection under UV reveals a milky varnish, under which there appears to be barely any retouching aside from a thin line less than 2 in. long that's on the sitter's proper left cheek. A few scattered small dots of retouching are also scarcely scattered on the dark shirt. The canvas is in overall good condition, but could improve its appearance if the small dots of loss are addressed. Offered in a giltwood frame with regular wear from age.
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In a private collection for over 25 years.
Albert Gregorius was a pupil of Jacques-Louis David and renowned for his neoclassical portraits. His talent as a painter enabled him to become director of the Bruges Academy where he taught celebrated artists such as Madox Brown. During the 19th century, Gregorius exhibited his paintings in the Ghent Salon and Paris Salon, gaining popularity with the French nobility.