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Just won this painting on a local auction.

Hope to get it friday, it might have markings at the back, but in the meanwhile, does anyone know who the man could be?

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Hi,

could it be an hungarian gentlemen in Magnat uniform?

Regards

Andreas

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Like dedehansen said, this man is definitely Hungarian.  He is wearing the traditional court attire of the Hungarian nobility and aristocracy known as a Diszmagyar.  He is wearing the decorations of a Knight Commander with Breast Star of the Papal Order of St. Sylvester, the Commander's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, two Signum Laudis medals in bronze and silver suspended from civilian trefold ribbons of the Titular Kingdom 1922-44, and an Austro-Hungarian War Cross for Civil Merits.  Nice painting.  I wonder who the artist was.  Simi.     

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Many thanks for your input so far.

I will fetch it tomorrow and keep you informed.

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Based on the decorations that I already identified above, I would say the man is a government official of some kind.  These kinds of paintings were seen hanging in Hungarian government buildings.  They were portraits of high officials who previously held office at the county or national level and who worked in those buildings.  In fact, this painting may have been looted from one of those government buildings after the war when the communists took over. 

In order to identify this guy, you will probably have to get lucky and find his picture in one of hundreds of Hungarian government almanacs from different categories of government bodies between the years 1920-44.  Here is an example of just one of these kinds of almanacs... "Members of the Upper and Lower Houses of the Hungarian Parliament" Almanacs:

https://library.hungaricana.hu/hu/collection/ogyk_almanach/   

This is just one category of almanac!  There are almanacs from all the various Hungarian counties and cities as well!  Here are two links to examples of Hungarian government officials wearing the same kind of diszmagyar outfit that your guy is wearing:

https://www.google.com/search?q=alispán+fotó&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjRy8nbzujpAhUJ0lMKHQZPCYkQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=alispán+fotó&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQA1Dz9QFYt9UCYI3dAmgGcAB4AIABUYgBnQWSAQE5mAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ei=9SXZXpH9EomkzwKGnqXICA&bih=614&biw=1280&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777

https://www.google.com/search?sa=N&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS777US777&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=főispán&ved=2ahUKEwjl9cW6zejpAhWnd98KHdQmAAA4ChCwBHoECAcQAQ&biw=1280&bih=614

 

 

 

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More pictures as promised.

Painting is 61/81 cm,77.5 /97.5 cm with the frame.

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It looks like the painting is signed with a family name "Sárközy" but I can't make out his first name yet.  It has the number 925 after the signature which should mean that it was painted in 1925.  There are a couple of 20th century Hungarian artists by the name of Sárközy but I'll have to do some research.  If this is not the artist's name at the bottom, maybe it's the name of the man in the painting since there was a noble Hungarian family by the name of Sárközy with several members holding government posts.  Well... at least there is somebody's name on the painting.  Simi.

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I appreciate your help.

Couldn't make something out of the signature...

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After doing some research, I am reasonably certain that the artist who painted your picture is Elemér Nádasdi Sárközy who lived from 1900 to 1988 in Hungary.  The signature on your painting perfectly matches known signatures of his.  His paintings sell for decent money in European galleries and auctions. 

I am inclined to change the year that the painting was painted from 1925 to 1975, although it is possible that a talented 25 year-old artist could have executed this portrait.  The reason I first said 1925 is that Europeans place a line through their sevens, therefore the number that looks like a seven must really be a two, or so I thought.  It seems this artist didn't cross his sevens.  

As to the identity of the painting's subject... this was painted while Hungary was still under communism.  I doubt that a painting of a nobleman who held high public office was commissioned by a communist governmental entity to hang in a public building. 

So there are only 2 remaining possibilities: it was a private commission OR the artist painted one of his own ancestors for himself or his family.  The artist's family... the Nádasdi-Sárközy family... is actually an ancient Hungarian noble family.  Some of the artist's ancestors became public officials in addition to carrying a noble title.  So this portrait may very well be one of the Nádasdi-Sárközy ancestors who was a public official during the Austro-Hungarian Empire and also during the regency period of Nicholas Horthy.  In fact, it may even be the artist's own father!           

Here... just take a look at the artist's impressive ancestral history:

https://www.arcanum.hu/hu/online-kiadvanyok/Turul-turul-1883-1950-1/1906-FC48/1906-3-FFD5/a-nadasdi-sarkozy-csalad-100BE/

       

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Much obliged Simius Rex!

I own you one.

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