William Connal, Jr. Esq. of Solsgirth (1883) by Albert Joseph Moore

William Connal, Jr. Esq. of Solsgirth - Albert Joseph Moore - 1883

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TitleWilliam Connal, Jr. Esq. of Solsgirth
ArtistAlbert Joseph Moore
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationYork Art Gallery, York, UK
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About William Connal, Jr. Esq. of Solsgirth

“William Connal, Jr. Esq. of Solsgirth,” painted by Albert Joseph Moore in 1883 in the United Kingdom, is an oil on canvas portrait that embodies the principles of Academicism. It is housed in the York Art Gallery in York, UK.

The portrait depicts William Connal, Jr., portrayed as a gentleman with a distinguished appearance. The subject is dressed in period attire with a light-colored jacket and a prominent, patterned tie. He has a neatly trimmed mustache and a warm, engaging smile that gives the painting a friendly and personable character. His hair is parted to one side, neatly groomed, and his complexion is fair with pinkish tones, suggestive of his British heritage. The brushwork conveys a sense of refinement and the background appears to be dark, which further emphasizes the figure of Connal. The light source highlights the contours of his face, casting subtle shadows that add depth and convey a sense of three-dimensionality. This portrait is a fine example of Moore’s skill in capturing both the physical likeness and the essence of his sitter, characteristic of the Academic art tradition which focused on techniques of the old masters and often celebrated idealized forms and subjects.

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