Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait Sketch of the Duke of Gloucester 1780c.

Johan Zoffany RA (c.1733-1810)

Portrait Sketch of the Duke of Gloucester, Johan Zoffany RA
Oil on canvas
18th Century
23 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches 60 x 50 cm
This portrait of the Duke of Gloucester is preparatory to finished portrait, or perhaps an unfinished composition. It is an excellent guide to the painter's process in executing a likeness, and powerfully suggestive of the way in which the sitter's face reveals itself from raw canvas in his imagination.
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