HBC notes a minature portrait of Charles Delacroix, a child who we believe to be a member of a prominent New Orleans family. The portrait executed in a naive or primative style is actually quite well done. We date it to about the 1840s. The unknowm artist provides some fine details on Charles' clothing.
We date it to about the 1840s. This is due to the clothing style and because beginning with the 1850s, photography began to put many untrained artists out of business.
This undated minature was painted in the mid-19th centurt, probably the 1840s. It is painted in oil on canvas under slightly convex glass in its original rococo revival flower encrustation watergilded gesso frame. The canves is fixed firmly to the convex glass somehow. This is a rare unusual process that one art expert has only seen in another painting from the period. The other painting is in a old New Orleans Bookstore in the French Quarter.
The painting depicts a young creole boy, with blond curling hair holding a cluster of light green grapes with both hands. On the back of the frame is a old paper label with numbers at the top. The back of the frame has Charles Delacroix in old pencil writing on the frame, probably the name of the boy in the painting. The Delacroix (of the cross in English) family is a old promitnent French creole family in Louisiana history.
The portrait executed in a naive or primative style is actually quite well done. The artist provides some fine details on Charles' clothing.He has on a navy blue cap with a gold tassel and a navy blue jacket trim in iron red and a white shirt.
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