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C1835 William IVth Oil Portrait of a gentleman.


This fine 1830s late Georgian to William IVth oil portrait of a gentleman wearing a black stock, and with a dramatically draped cloak, is in an adequate modern frame. The portrait was offered at Mossgreen Auctions as "ARTIST UNKNOWN (Colonial Portrait of a Gentleman) (circa 1860s -1870s)". While it was offered in the same sale as the "David & Leslie Frost Collection of Australian and Colonial Antiques" it was not part of that collection, nor was it suggested which colony the gentleman may have inhabited. However, I suspect it was rejected at the estimate $1200-$2000 plus BP (24% plus GST) due to its probability of not being colonial, and its certainty of not being late Victorian. However, auctions are not legally responsible for their descriptions: authentication remains the bidder's responsibility, so fair enough! No colonial would have been so cavalier about fashion as to have hair and clothes decades out of date. I suspect he is probably English, and is certainly within the 1830s or a year or so either side. The painting, exclusive of frame, is 62 cm by 47cm.


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