A rare early 18th Century English School antique oil on canvas portrait, circa 1720.
Depicting a bewigged gentleman gardener wearing a white stock and red tunic, holding a knife in his right hand and a cocoa bean in his left. The portrait may represent an English plantation owner or gardener of the time. Portraits of both a gardener and that of a cocoa grower are incredibly rare.
The sitter and artist are unknown.
Sourced from a private London-based collection.
Presented in its original gilt gesso frame of the period.
Condition – Offered in unrestored condition. Please refer to the images where surface marks and a tear on his right hand are apparent. The canvas has been re-lined historically. There are gesso and gilt losses to the original frame commensurate with age.
Size: With frame 94 cm x 82 cm (37″ x 32 1/4″) / Without frame 75.5 cm x 61cm (29 3/4″ x 24″)
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a period portrait with rare subject matter and the sitter with an occupation.
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