Jan 30, 2007

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

c. 1800

William Beechey

(British, 1753–1839)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 75.2 x 63 cm (29 5/8 x 24 13/16 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1978.75



The subject’s elongated, slightly softened facial features and vaguely detached air are typical of William Beechey’s elegant portraits of male subjects. The jacket worn by the sitter is probably a naval uniform. Beechey enjoyed a very successful painting career in London. In 1793 he was appointed portrait painter to Queen Charlotte and was knighted in 1798.

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