Oct 28, 2008

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man


Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin

(French, 1759–1832)

Black chalk with stumping heightened with white gouache on light brown wove paper

Support: Light brown-yellow wove paper, laid down on white wove paper

Sheet: 22.1 x 17.5 cm (8 11/16 x 6 7/8 in.); Image: 20.3 x 16 cm (8 x 6 5/16 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2008.406



Although the size of this carefully worked crayon drawing is modest, it is actually much larger than a typical work by Jean-Baptiste Augustin. As a leading painter of ivory portrait miniatures in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Augustin stood out because of the precision and naturalism of his style. Although the sitter in this drawing is no longer known, Augustin's naturalistic technique and the sitter's slight, easy smile encourage a familiar connection with the viewer.

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