Charles Samuel Keene

Self-Portrait

Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Image: 289 x 194 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1922
Reference
N03644

Display caption

The attention to detail and small size of this work reflects Keene's occupation as both illustrator and cartoonist for a number of major Victorian periodicals, including Punch and Once a Week.

He presents himself sitting at his easel in his studio. He was known for his unconventional clothes; here he wears a fitted waistcoat over a loose shirt. His tufty hair is kept back with a red hat. The fact that he is glancing away from the canvas can make anyone viewing the painting feel that they are Keene's model. 

Gallery label, September 2004