Anyone with even a passing interest in Professor Thrupiece - and we venture to suggest that were you amongst the small minority of the population without such interest you would not be visiting this recherché worldwide inter web site let alone reading this particular piece - knows that he has been the subject of numerous portraits depicting him in all manner of guises. Indeed a recent article [The Waiting Game - see HERE] set out in some detail the better known portraits and their settings, whilst questioning the authenticity of one in particular: the recently re-discovered Homme académique du Dorset by well-known Dorset Neo-impressionist Cézanne Francksdiarée.
Bearing this in mind - and sounding as we do the appropriate note of caution [the value of a genuine Thrupiece is such as to tempt even the most reformed forger out of retirement] - we reluctantly bring to public attention a startling new discovery which appears to find the Professor in particularly relaxed mood - "au naturelle" as it were, in the buff, starkers, indeed bollock-naked.
Art historian and singing nun, Sister Annunciata Convent-Garden*, who has taken a particular interest in male life-drawings, believes the portrait to be not only "honest and sincere" but also "astonishingly insightful and psychologically revealing". "There is", she says, "something uniquely winning and satisfyingly balanced about the penetrating facial stare on the one hand [wisdom and puzzlement simultaneously distilled as it were] and the depiction of an unflatteringly-aged torso on the other - something less penetrating than which it would be hard to imagine. The treatment of the penis - a particular interest of mine - is truly innovative ".
* distant relative of Lord Garden
It is hardly surprising then that the portrait - entitled only Man at Rest ["an ironic even mischievous idea in itself given the keenly restless intellect on view"] - should be by someone well-able to observe the Threadbone [and by extension the Thrupiece] circle so closely. The portrait is signed in the bottom right-hand corner by ex-Spanish boy-scout, one-time amanuensis/nut-tightener to the late Mr Threadbone and currently personal companion to Mrs Amanda J Threadbone, Enriqué de los Chicos Perdidos. "An artist of some stature - about 5' 9" in fact", says Sister Annunciata.
In the latest Sotherbone's Catalogue, Still Life and Naked Male Portraits specialist Keenon Todger, writes
Enriqué de los Chicos Perdidos