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Fine Late 19th Century Oil - The Cobbler

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An extremely fine late 19th Century work in oil on canvas, depicting a seated male figure behind a shop front desk. The artist has composed the scene with meticulous and careful form. The man is shown reading a paper surrounded by shoes, a boot and small tools, suggestive of the cobbler profession. A small white clay pipe can be seen on the desk, commonplace in the 19th Century.

The artist has a clear proficiency in the medium, with a fine layered palette. The figure has a real sense of character, as well as contemplation. A subtle management of light and shadow completes this atmospheric and characterful work.

Handsomely presented in a period gilt wooden swept frame, with fine corner ornamentation, acanthus scrolling and lamb's tongue running pattern, as shown.

Unsigned. On canvas on stretchers.


In very good condition overall, for a picture of this age. There is craqueluree to the surface, and inspection under UV light reveals some small areas of previous restoration. The frame also has some areas of restoration, as well as scuffing and marks.


15.7 x 21.3cm (6.2" x 8.4")
Framed Size: 29 x 34.6cm (11.4" x 13.6")

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Code km525
Date Late 19th Century
Dimensions 15.7 x 21.3cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Genre Scene
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