Portrait of an Afghan Gentleman

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This enigmatic portrait was exhibited at the New English Art Club’s 1895 Winter exhibition and was remarked upon in the press. 'Truth' (6th December 1895) commented, ‘Mr Walter Sickert’s "Portrait of an Afghan Gentleman" is tantalizingly anonymous. Is his sitter a Yogi, one wonders or one of the Mahatmas, whom Mrs Annie Besant still believes in?’ and 'The Morning Post' (11th November 1895) described, ‘the head, surmounted by a green turban, being especially well drawn’.

Jerwood Collection


Portrait of an Afghan Gentleman




oil on canvas laid on board


H 33 x W 24 cm

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