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Painting Title Portrait of a Gentleman
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Mulard, François Henri (French painter, 1769-1850)
Date Earliest about 1820
Date Latest about 1825
Description This head-and-shoulders portrait of a dark-haired young man looking right, dressed in a high white stock and dark coat, is by François Henri Mulard, a neoclassical French painter and pupil of Jacques-Louis David. The cool colouring, uniform background and simplicity of pose are characteristic of French portraiure in the early 19th century and without a parallel in English portraiture of the period.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 443
Subject portrait (gentleman)
Measurements 62.2 x 50.8 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Hugh Agnew 1949.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 10, April 1950, vol. III, as by unknown artist; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 60; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 316.
Notes An old label on the back had led to a belief that YORAG : 443 was by H.R. Morland (1730-97) but it would seem very probable that the label was inscribed 'H. Mulard' and then misread. The portrait is likely French, influenced by the works of J.L. David and J.A.D. Ingres; the costume dates it to about 1820; an attribution to Mulard (a pupil of David) is therefore probable.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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