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Edouard Jean Conrad Hamman
The Art Lover - Belgian 19th century art interior portrait oil painting

Circa 1860



This superb Belgian 19th century portrait oil painting is by noted portrait artist Edouard Jean Conrad Hamman. Painted circa 1860 whilst in Paris, the painting is of an Art Lover and wife seated in front of his latest addition to his collection. The painting has been viewed for the first time, the green cloth previously covering it still draped to the right. The painting seems to have moved the gentleman and met with his approval and gratitude, as he appears to be kissing his wife's hand. A lovely colourful painting reflecting the joy paintings can bring to life. Signed lower right. Provenance. Dorset estate. Condition. Oil on canvas, 30 inches by 25 inches and in good condition. Frame. Housed in an ornate gilt Victorian frame, 39 inches by 34 inches and in good condition. Edouard Jean Conrad Hamman (1819 in Ostend-1888 in Paris) was a Belgian painter and engraver who specialized in portraying scenes from the lives of famous artists, scholars and the nobility. He grew up in a well-to-do family. His father was the Town Receiver and secretary of the Chamber of Commerce in Ostend and created a fund for the benefit of needy fishermen and their families. Little is known of this period in his life, but he apparently became a student of François-Antoine Bossuet at an early age. In the school-year 1837/38, he was enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Antwerp). He was also a private student in the studio of Nicaise de Keyser. It is believed that he was a student of Hendrik Leys, although Leys had no students, properly speaking. He had his formal debut at the Ghent Salon of 1838 with an unspecified "interior scene". His exposure to other artists there led to him being influenced by the style of Louis Gallait. His first success was at the Brussels Salon of 1842 where he received a medal, which was followed by a commission to paint a mural, The Triumphant Entry of the Archduke Albert and Isabella to Ostend in 1604, for the Town Hall. Unfortunately, the mural was destroyed during World War II. At this time he also did several illustrations for books by the publishing firm of J.E.Buschmann. In 1846 he moved to Paris for further studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he was attracted to the works of Joseph-Nicolas Robert-Fleury and Thomas Couture. He exhibited at the Salon des Paris and received a medal in 1853, 1855, 1859 and 1863. He became a Chevalier of the Order de Leopold and of the Legion d'Honneur in France. In 1849 he made the traditional study trip to Italy. He eventually achieved great fame in France. Napoleon III and the Empress Eugénie were fond of his work and in 1863 the French government bought his painting Education of Charles V for 4,000 francs. Among his other notable works from this period are six paintings of Italian history, commissioned by Victor Emmanuel II, and the series "Celebrated Composers", reproductions from which are still in use. In later years he turned more to genre painting and portraits, including one of King Norodom of Cambodia, which brought him great distinction in that country. His son, Édouard Michel Ferdinand Hamman (1854-1952) became a landscape painter of some note.


  • Artist
    Edouard Jean Conrad Hamman (1819 - 1888, Belgian)
  • Creation Year
    Circa 1860
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Width: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU85316942602

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