Charles Samuel Keene Self-Portrait date not known

Artwork details

Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Image: 289 x 194 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1922
Not on display

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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. 

September 2004

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