Portrait of a Fly Fisherman
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Portrait of a Fly Fisherman

Portrait of a Fly Fisherman

  • This portrait of a fly fisherman was captured by an artist of the American School
  • The work offers insight into the leisure activities of the mid-19th century
  • Charmingly detailed, it is an exceptional example of American portraiture
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Item No. 30-8880
$38,500
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American School
19th Century

Portrait of Fly Fisherman

Oil on board

This charming portrait of a fly fisherman is an exceptional example of American art from the mid-19th century. Art of the period reflected a changing American culture, wherein the increasing wealth of the nation led to an expansion of leisure opportunities for the middle and lower classes. Fly fishing was among these activities - not only did fishing equipment become more affordable and accessible, but the expansion of the railway network across the country allowed the less affluent to take weekend trips to rivers and lakes for the first time. This work by an artist of the American School is an exceptional remnant of this exciting age.

The fly fisherman is captured in a typical middle class costume of the period. His simple and stark brown suit is accented only by his black scarf tie, a fashion that mimicked the conservative attire of businessmen and statesmen of the period. It is his hat that lends him a true sense of character - the piece is adorned by fly fishing lures, cleverly providing a glimpse into the hobbies and lifestyle of this otherwise unknown subject.

Circa 1840

Canvas: 22" high x 18" wide
Frame: 28 1/8" high x 24 1/8" wide
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Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Portrait
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