A very finely painted antique portrait painting, the work depicts an aged soldier in a wrinkled and worn charcoal cap and a heavy wool coat puffing on his colorful pipe while looking off into the distance. In his left hand he grasps his halberd pike, a weapon of this shape typically attributed to the 15th and 16th centuries. His worn features and garment are a contrast to his sharp and wary eyes and composure, this being a portrait of a man with resolve. The painting is carefully signed in cursive in the lower left corner, but the rubbing of the panel against the frame over the years has mostly obscured this. An old gallery label verso is partially torn off, but notes that the piece was carried by a gallery in New York City and likely purchased on April 17th of 1911.
Measurements: 19 3/4" H x 17" W x 3" D [frame]; 9 3/4" H x 7" W [panel]
Condition Report: Early frame with gilt losses, including a few applied beads; oxidization to gilding. Apparently conserved in the last half-century with newer varnish and very minor touch-ups. Edge wear to panel, this rubbing somewhat obscuring the signature lower left.