Portrait of a Gentleman (presumed Self-Portrait)

This handsome young man is supposedly the artist himself at the age of 25 or 30. In 1956, before Mrs. Hitt acquired it, it elicited the following remark in Burlington Magazine: “The picture describes a graceful way of life in dazzling jerks of the brush.”

The picture dazzles a little less than it could or should due to a discolored varnish and grime that accumulated over time on the surface of a painting. The required treatment is really only cosmetic (no pun intended) and will bring Perronneau back to his own best self!