Portrait military army officer,York & Lancaster regiment, Watts frame.
Portrait of Lieutenant Joseph Parkes, York and Lancaster regiment, in uniform, housed in a watts frame by W.T. Roden The background is thought to be the Yorkshire moors painted at sunset.Inscribed on the reverse: By W T Roden / Lt Parkes". The portrait is in oil on canvas which has been lined. The overall size being 120 x 98.5 cm (47 x 38.5 inches approx) whilst the painting is 90 cm x 70 cm ( 35.5 x 27.5 inches approx)
The painting is in overall very good condition having had some restoration/overpainting. The painting is somewhat dark and would benefit from being hung in a light area, where it can be truly appreciated.
The first photo shows when either lit or in natural light ,the second shows how it is when not lit/ dark area .
Evidence of the restoration process/overpainting is visible in certain light /angles but does not detract from this very interesting portrait of a first world war officer. The frame is a late 19th early 20th century watts frame in excellent condition. Lieutenant Joseph Parkes A Regular Commission Officer who joined the York & Lancaster Regiment in 1914 before the outbreak of hostilities, fought through WW1 and resigned his Commission in 1922. At the start of the war the York and Lancaster had two Battalions; the 1st Bn did not go to France until mid-1915 whereas the 2nd Bn was in France in 1914. Parkes was is the 1st Bn and had been promoted to Lieutenant, as depicted in the portrait, which was painted (as was the custom) before he sailed for war. Lieutenant Parkes is wearing the 1908-1916 pattern of British Army officer's Service Dress uniform; before 1908 the uniform had a closed collar and, after 1916, badges of rank were worn on the shoulder straps not the sleeve. Parkes is wearing the cap badge and collar dogs of The York & Lancaster Regiment. The background in the portrait appears to depict the Yorkshire Moors, which fits with the cap badge and the collar dogs.
After the Victorian artist G.F. Watts , The watts frame is one of the best designs to come from the 19th Century revival period. It's beautifully balanced with restrained decoration which make it a most suitable frame for portraits. The Watts frame is based on Italian cassetta frames, during the late 19th C it was a very popular style and continues to be so now. Frames of this size would retail in excess of £1,500