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Etienne Aubry (1745 - 1781):
Portrait of a Gentleman
A1139; oil on canvas; 65 x 54 cm.
Faintly signed: Et Aubry 17...
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Ashmolean, and (Blakiston Fund), to mark the Directorship of Sir David Piper, 1986; WA1986.76.
Aubry is best known for his attractive genre scenes and his portraits are relatively rare. A date of c. 1777 has been suggested for A1139 on the basis of the large buttons and style of formal wig. The handsome Louis XVI frame is not original to the painting but is contemporary.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation