c.1850 French Academic male portrait

c.1850 French Academic male portrait by unknown artist. Oil on canvas measures 20 x 24 inches oval;  28 x 34 inches in a gilt frame of the period. Canvas has one small repaired puncture, the patch of which can be observed in verso image. Unsigned and unattributed. Black lines in underpainting on left side and at bottom margin. These marks were probably intended to indicate where picture plane ended. At some point in the process, image was enlarged to oval format. Minimal overpaint with no work in face area. Ships in Airfloat padded and double-walled shipping box.

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