About this artwork

In this work, which is one of Fabre's most sensitive portraits, a fashionably dressed young man turns his intense gaze towards the viewer. The plain background with its subtle modulations of light and shadow creates a foil for the figure's clearly defined contours and his elegantly dishevelled hair, cut in the so-called 'a la Titus' style. Fabre probably painted the picture, which is dated 1809, during a brief return visit from to Paris from Italy. It is inscribed faintly in pencil with the name 'M Camille' - which is presumably a reference to the, as yet, otherwise unknown young man.

  • title:
    Portrait of a Man
  • accession number:
    NG 2548
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1809
  • measurements:
    61.50 x 50.00 cm (framed: 74.50 x 61.50 x 9.00 cm)
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund (Scottish Fund) 1992

Francois-Xavier Fabre

Francois-Xavier Fabre