F. Luis Mora (1874-1940)
Victorian Gentleman, ca. 1898-1900
charcoal on paper, 11 x 8 inches (sight), 11
1/2 x 9 inches total size.
registered signature stamp, lower left
registered estate stamp on backing, verso
In new oval gilded frame with carvings and
new archival mat in parchment-color
outer size 18 x 14 1/2 inches
Condition: Slight tanning of paper from
Provenance: the estate of F. Luis Mora
This is a strong portrait study of a handsome
Victorian gent, which we date to the very end of the 19th Century.
F. Luis Mora was a skilled portraitist, who enjoyed making sketches
of interesting people in his everyday life. This man is very
handsome indeed, with a high forehead, straight nose, strong chin,
and excellent facial bone structure. His hair is cut in the
fashion of the period, and his starched collar indicates that he is
a member of the professional or upper social strata.
Note: The middle image is closest to the
color of the paper. It is in remarkably good condition for a work on
paper of this age. The charcoal has not smudged, and the paper is
only somewhat tanned.