18 Nov

flynn portrait

— Don Jan


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  1. Penny Lane

    November 19, 2015 at 8:30 am

    It would be greatly appreciated if one knew where you found this picture and why it makes you think of Errol?

  2. Don Jan

    November 19, 2015 at 9:25 am

    It was on the internet while looking for other topics on Errol Flynn. I am not saying it is correct but it said “fencing painting of Errol Flynn” It is similar though, right? But then we never know really if everything on the internet is real, I thought it was a good suggestion to add it to the blog.

    • David DeWitt

      November 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      It does look like a portrait of Flynn, most certainly!

      Portrait of Eroll Flynn 1909-1959 in Fencing Uniform
      Eroll Flynn
      1st April 1930
      Oil on Canvas
      91.44 x 76.20 cm. (36 x 30 in.)

      Portrait of Errol Flynn

      • Gentleman Tim

        November 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm

        Ooops! It looks like we just simultaneously filed contrary views, Sir David. … Acknowledging your superior knowledge regarding both art and Flynn I will defer to you!

        • David DeWitt

          November 19, 2015 at 3:26 pm

          I agree it’s not a good likeness but the intent is there by the artist. There is a rather full bio of Errol on the page the link goes to. :-)

      • Don Jan

        November 19, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        I am only 50% convinced, so I also say it is not EF.

        • Gentleman Tim

          November 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm

          A fact I now see that should figure into our analysis is that this was supposedly painted on April Fools Day, 1930 – during his pre-fame days in New Guinea –

    • Gentleman Tim

      November 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Personally, I would say no, it’s not Flynn, Don Jan. Though the fencer is perhaps appearing to emulate the elan of Errol, the facial features just aren’t all there. Moreover, I’m not sure how often Errol attired in fencing apparel, or associated with any organization with the crest above his left shoulder.

      Pardon my French, but I score this a “No touche”.

      Here’s how Errol dressed for his fencing exhibitions: