This is a watercolor on thin paper board of an Eastern orthodox prelate dressed informal robes and a cloak of office. It is sign "Reynolds" in the lower right and is in the manner of Frank Reynolds, the English illustrator. The work was done with a number of line drawing for outline, filled in with very well executed watercolor washes, and finally, detailed with delicate small brush work. It is matted and mounted in a wide, early 20th Century wood frame with a reeded outer lip, a deep cove and a gilt finish.
Frank Reynolds was a well known illustrator who was associated serious figurative work as well as cartoons. He worked for various magazines and illustrated a number of books during the first third of the 20th Century. The work offered here is one of a group of national character studies possibly prepared for a travelogue. The other pieces included a Turkish man and Chinese and other Asian figures.
Measurements are: watercolor, 15 inches x 8 inches; frame, outer dimensions, 24 inches x 17 inches.
Condition is good except for 3 very small losses in the unpainted background and two shallow, short creases in the bottom of the paper board.
This is a skilled depiction of a hard to find subject mounted in a frame that gives it appropriate stature.
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