Dr. William Lyons, 1833
oil on canvas
73 x 59.8 cm
Gift of Miss Key Eliot and Miss Ruth Eliot, Ottawa, 1966
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14888)
Returning to Quebec City in 1830 after a four-year sojourn in Paris, where he had become conversant with the precepts of neoclassicism, Antoine Plamondon set up a studio in the late autumn and announced publicly that he was ready to receive commissions. Success was immediate. This magnificent portrait, which shows the subject in a frontal, close-up view, is characteristic of Plamondon's early manner. The light coming from a source on the left falls directly on the focal point of the composition, the face, which radiates humanity, gravitas and integrity. The tones used for the coat are remarkably rich, even in the shadowed areas.