19th Century
Portrait of a Young Duke

Black chalk, white smudge and highlights, on paper
Image size: 10 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (27.25 x 14.5 cm)


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A half-length portrait of a young Duke wearing a long wig with his head turned to the left. This engaging study exemplifies the artist’s powers of observation. With his eyes enlarged and eyebrows just slightly lifted, the boy confronts the viewer in a direct manner. With his bright eyes and the slightest of smiles the seems like he had a good sense of humour.

Top half of the portrait is rendered with great care, with the boy’s individual features accented using sharpened black chalk the lower edge of his form is made from energetic lines with the artist working quickly to indicate the broad contours of the sitter’s nearest sleeve.