On the spur of the moment, out on the town (and under the influence of a sudden inspiration!), a group of friends find themselves jammed into the limited confines of a photobooth. A very well-balanced and humorous composition, where the painter is surrounded by a sordid group of more or less desirables! Five Cronies, indeed! This is great for every art lover, whether or not Dickens fans.
This is is from the early to mid 19th century.
It is oil on hard board and is unsigned; painted by an unidentified British artist. The subject matter is copied from an early 19th century print by Boilly entitled "Les Fumeurs et Les Priseurs."
The picture itself is 8.25 inches high and 6.25 inches wide. The frame is an additional 2 inches
The painting is in Fair Condition. There is age toning with surface abrasions.
We have had a Conservator do a surface cleaning and remove the old varnish. He also confirms the age of this piece. He felt that this may have been exposed to a fire at some point, but with a painting that is between 150 and 200 years old it is likely that it has seen quite a bit!
The painting was authenticated by art expert Mesa Bajric before I purchased it,( and later by my Conservator.)
Mesa Bajric's Credentials are as follows:
MA in Graphic and History of Art at the Academy of Art in Sarajevo Expert in: Graphic 16th – 20th century Central European Art Former Employers: Museums: Portrait Gallery in Tuzla, Slovenia Exhibitions: Moscow, Russia Gelsenkirchen, Germany Dubrovnik, Croatia Belgrade, Serbia Sarajevo, Bosnia Ljublijana, Slovenia Zagreb, Croatia Copenhagen, Denmark
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