Woman in Front of a Fireplace

c. 1805–7
(French, 1761–1845)
Sheet: 46 x 37 cm (18 1/8 x 14 9/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Harrisse 948; Bréton and Zuber 658 D
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Location: not on view

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The Egypt-inspired decor throughout the interior seen in this drawing was especially fashionable in early 19th-century France.

Description

Marie-Élisabeth Godard d’Aucourt de Saint-Just, shown here, belonged to a wealthy French shipbuilding family. Louis Léopold Boilly probably created this drawing to present for approval the preliminary composition of d’Aucourt’s painted portrait. The grid overlaying the drawing suggests a direct transfer to canvas; the image changed dramatically in the painting, where d’Aucourt appears in a grotto, unoccupied. That composition aligned with gender norms at the time that placed women in the natural world rather than the cultural sphere. Perhaps still interested in the drawing’s costume and interior, Boilly later reused them in a sheet depicting a working-class milliner, or hatmaker.
Woman in Front of a Fireplace

Woman in Front of a Fireplace

c. 1805–7

Louis Léopold Boilly

(French, 1761–1845)
France, early 19th Century

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