Theodore Canneel (1817-1892), study of a jockey's face. Oil on canvas on the collar, left. Gilded frame with palmettes.
At the age of thirteen, Theodore Canneel learned the lithographer's trade in 1830 in the printing shop where his father worked. He then became the assistant of the painter Hans Pieter Van Hanselaere. From 1838 to 1841, he combined his profession with training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent and taught there from 1843. From 1848 to 1850, he undertook a study trip to Rome. On his return in 1850, he became famous and was appointed director of the Academy of Ghent.