James Clark (1858-1943)


Oil on canvas, 52 x 37 cm

Courtesy of Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service

Painted at the end of his life, this self-portrait shows a dignified gentleman with a penetrating but not unkindly gaze, distinguished from the herd only by the bright red handkerchief loosely tucked in his jacket pocket. Perhaps this reminds us of the revolutionary young Paris-returned artist that he once was, as described in his Times obituary at the beginning of the following year.

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