This exceptional painting was created in France in c.1820. It depicts a Turkish man, shown from the waist upwards with his body slightly turned. The man stands before a landscape, which is rendered with broad, sweeping stokes of colour. By comparison, short, well-blended brushstrokes have been employed to naturalistically depict the man’s features and costume.
The young man adopts a thoughtful expression and he gazes out, making direct eye contact with the viewer. He has a dark moustache and he wears his hair up in a deep red turban. The man is dressed in a white necktie, an orange-striped jacket, a sleeveless deep blue velvet waistcoat, and a belt. Gold thread is woven into his costume, and he wears a fine gemstone ring on a finger of his right hand.
The painting is displayed within a giltwood frame, which is beautifully decorated with low-relief carvings of stylised foliage and anthemion patterns.
Canvas- Height 81cm, width 65cm, depth 2cm
Frame- Height 103cm, width 87.5cm, depth 10cm