An old (circa 1900, perhaps earlier) oil on canvas laid on a Masonite panel, 19 1/2" by 15 1/2" (24 1/2" by 20 1/2" framed), signed at center left with conjoined initials "AF" (or, possibly, AT). The work features an older man wearing gold-rimmed spectacles, his white moustache and beard adding considerable character to this individual, who looks like a professor or other man of wisdom, accomplishment, and achievement. To date, an effort to tie the work to a listed artist has been unsuccessful. The canvas was long ago laid on this panel, the tacking edges discarded. There are few clues to follow when it comes to determining the artist; more than likely the artist would be German, or Scandinavian.. Over the years the work has acquired some sticky dust especially on the lower, dark portion, where it seems to be more visible. A black light examination shows some inpainting within that dark lower area.
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