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    FREDERICK PORTER VINTON (American, 1846-1911)
    Portrait of a Gentleman
    Oil on canvas laid on cradled masonite panel
    29 x 23 inches (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
    Signed indistinctly upper left

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    Portrait and landscape painter Frederick Porter Vinton was born in Bangor, Maine and grew up in Chicago. He moved to Boston in 1861, where he spent most of his adult life. While working as a bookkeeper he studied art under William Rimmer at the Lowell Institute. He opened a portrait studio in Boston during the 1870s, and after enjoying some success was able to travel abroad in Europe for eighteen months through Holland, France, and Germany. In 1876, he spent a year in at the Royal Academy in Munich, and there befriended painter Frank Duveneck, whose teachings had a profound impact on his style. In 1882 he traveled to Spain with Robert Blum and William Merritt Chase. The three artists spent time in Toledo and Madrid, where Vinton was deeply affected by the paintings of Velazquez. The rich blacks characterizing the present work strongly suggest that the portrait dates from the period just following Vinton's training in Munich and his exposure to Velazquez.



    Condition Report*: The canvas is of a moderate weave and has been laid down on a cradled masonite panel of an older variety. The relining probably dates from the 1940s or thereabouts. Under UV examination it appears that the central portion of the painting had been cleaned of its original varnish, leaving the four corners with their original varnish covering. There is one spot of more recent inpaint on the left cheek of the sitter's face, probably addressing a loss. Framed Dimensions 35 X 28 Inches
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    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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