Marie-Joseph Georges Delfosse - 1869-1939
|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure||
A Mystery Gentleman!
At a recent auction of a well-known Canadian antique collector's estate, one picture attracted little attention, as anonymous portraits often do.
This one was simply called "A Gentleman" in the catalogue because the curator, whose strong suit was not history, did not recognize the subject.
And neither did anyone else...
Other people should have paid more close attention. After all it was a huge oil on board, 20 x 26, and it was painted and signed by Georges Marie Joseph Delfosse (1869-1939), a noted Canadian painter.
|King Edward VII, 1902|
Orig. oil on canvas 1902 - Image Size - 20" x 26"
Besides the uncanny likeness, there was another dead giveaway that went unnoticed, by the curator and buyers alike - the oil was clearly signed "Mai 1902." That was, of course, the year that Edward was crowned King, the first coronation in the British Empire in 65 years. The event was slated for June, a month later.
It was a cause for a super celebration around the "red parts" of the world. Clearly Delfosse was caught up in the historic moment. He painted the "Sovereign King of Canada," the month before the coronation was due to be held.
But it was all lost on the auction literati.
So Edward went cheap!
Left Georges as he looked in 1900 when he painted the portrait.