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Portrait oil on canvas of young man

He is a large oval  43 x 35 frame  from an auction house in Pennsylvania, ca. 1850. He holds a book which some say signifies that he can read. Other just call it a prop. Usually a person well off enough to pay for an oil portrait was well off enough to have some education. 

The canvas is 35 x 27.    I think the gesso decoration on this frame is going to be some of the best examples I have of that lost art.

He should arrive within two weeks.  I need more wall space.