Property from the Collection of the Late Paula and Don Gaston

Jean Béraud

Portrait of Sir Campbell-Clarke

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January 27, 10:47 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from the Collection of the Late Paula and Don Gaston

Jean Béraud


1849 - 1935

Portrait of Sir Campbell-Clarke

signed and dated Jean Béraud/ 1890 (lower right)

oil on panel

panel: 18¼ by 10¼ in.; 45.7 by 26 cm

framed: 24 by 15½ in.; 60.9 by 39.3 cm

(probably) Sir Campbell Clarke (1845-1902)
Sale: Christie's, London, 22 June, 1990, lot 26, as Portrait of a Gentleman, standing small full length Morning Dress
Private collection, United States
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 12 October, 1994, lot 139, as A Full Length Portrait of a Gentleman in Morning Dress
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
A. Proust, Le salon de 1899; cent planches en photogravure simile en couleurs par Goupil & Cie., Paris, 1899, p. 73, as Portrait de M. Campbell Clarke.
A. Dalligny, "Les Salons de 1899. Société nationale des beaux-arts," Le Journal des arts, June 24, 1899, p. 2.
Patrick Offenstadt, Jean Béraud 1849-1935, The Belle Epoque: A Dream of Times Gone By, Catalogue Raisonné. Cologne: 1999, p. 320, no. 475, ill.
Paris, Le Salon du Champ-de-Mars, 1899, no. 117

Russian-born French painter Jean Béraud was an attentive observer of Parisian life and ardent chronicler of the Belle Époque, capturing the city's bustling streets and quintessential characters. Sir Campbell Clarke (1835-1902) began his professional career as a librarian for the British Museum in London. In 1870, he married Annie Levy, the daughter of J. M. Levy, owner of The Daily Telegraph, and was appointed the paper's special correspondent in Paris, where he stood for this portrait in 1890 with a copy of the day's paper rolled neatly in his upended top hat at right. Clarke travelled widely while covering European news for the British publication, and was the first to break news of the English occupation of Cyprus, among other noteworthy international events of his time. He was also an active fixture on the Parisian art, music, drama, and literary scenes, serving on the jury for two Paris Exhibitions. In the present portrait, Béraud adeptly captured the essence of the worldly and distinguished gentleman reporter, whose smoking cigar signals the swift nature of his profession.