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Right side profile painting of an old gentleman who was a friend of the artist, represented in this work as Saint Francis; he is a bald-headed man wearing a brown robe gazing upward towards a crusifix mounted above a large Bible, with hands clasped in prayer. The Bible lies open, propped on a table with arched supports. The background of the painting is a deep black colour which contrasts with the face, neck and clasped hands of the figure which are illuminated to highlight their performance of devotion.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester


Date

1790–1839

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 92 x W 71.7 cm

Accession number

1927.50

Acquisition method

gift from Dr E. J. Sidebotham, 1927

Work type

Painting


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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3JL England

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