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Maker(s):Isabey, Jean-Baptiste
Culture:French (1767 - 1855)
Title:Portrait of a Young Woman Seated at a Window
Date Made:ca. 1800
Materials:Black chalk with stumping, heightened with lead white gouache on off-white wove paper (darkened to beige)
Place Made:France
Measurements:sheet: 11 3/16 x 8 13/16 in.; 28.4163 x 22.3838 cm; image: 10 5/8 x 8 1/8 in.; 26.9875 x 20.6375 cm
Narrative Inscription:  undated, signed in graphite on recto lower right: Isabey
Accession Number:  SC 1999.31
Credit Line:Purchased with the Elizabeth Halsey Dock, class of 1933, Fund, the Diane Allen Nixon, class of 1957, Fund, and the Madeleine H. Russell, class of 1937, Fund
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

seated woman with a view of the landscape in background

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Sara Ottomano, class of 2015:

A prolific portraitist, Isabey was at one point the painter for Napoleon and his family. He developed a style of portraiture that was inspired by English mezzotint engravings that focused on tonal changes rendered in black chalk. The identity of this sitter is not known, but she is seated before an Italian landscape framed by Venetian blinds. Clues of the clothing and other accouterments point to a date around 1800 for the drawing, which is on a piece of acidic wove paper that has darkened, setting off the lead white details in high relief.

women; costume; portraits; interiors; exterior; architecture; vegetation

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