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# 36507

Guillaume Descamps "Sophie Angélique Paulée, nee Vanlerberghe", important watercolor portrait!!, 1813


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This portrait will be sold only together in the following group of items.

This, of high quality dated 1813 watercolor portrait of a young lady, seated in an armchair on a park terrace was acquired as a part of a 6-pieces-lot (together with five other by the same hand - see our images nr.9-11) at the inventory sale of Chateau des Cornudet a Crocq, in the surroundings of Aubusson, region Limousin, central France. Comte Cornudet des Chaumettes and his cousin, comte Mathieu de la Redorte are today's owners of the chateau (both families became related the a marriage of Valentine Mathieu de la Redorte (1834-1889) and the grandson of Joseph, comte Cornudet des Chaumettes (in 1813 it was his who owned the chateau) in 1854.
The sale on 27 June 2012 was conducted by Paris auction house "Cornette de Saint Cyr" which called it rather anonimous (on request of the owner of the collection!) - "Ancienne collection du Comte Mathieu de la Redorte et du Comte Cornudet des Choummetes (correct: Chaumettes - B.W.) /provenant d'un chateau de la region d'Aubusson…"(as we see without mentioning the name of the chateau).
Besides the here discussed portrait, all other five drawings of the mentioned 6-pieces-lot are portraits of following persons:
1. (our web # 36511 ) signed and dated 1813 and (recently) titled on verso portrait of 45-year-old Jeanne, comtesse Cornudet des Chaumettes, nee Baronesse Cellier du Montel (1768-1834), wife of Chateau des Cornudet' 1813-owner.

2. (our web # 36509) signed, dated 1813 and titled (by artist!) portrait of 14-year-old Eglé-Eugenie Vanlerberghe (1799-1875), who in 1821 married the son of 1813-owner of Chateau des Cornudet, Etienne-Emile, Comte Cornudet des Chaumettes.

3. (our web # 36510) signed and dated 1813 portrait of eldest from three Vanlerberghe sisters, 23-year-old Barbe Rosalie Josephine Vanlerberghe (1790-1879). In 1805, then 15 years old, she married Napoleon's adjutant, General Jean Rapp, divorced him in 1811 and married in 1816 her second husband, Leonard-Charles de Villoutreys de Brignac. On this portrait she is divorced Comtesse de Rapp.

4. (our web # 36506) signed, dated 1813 and titled (by artist!) portrait of our sitter's husband, 24-year-old Leutenant Jean-Baptiste Cesar Paulée (1789-1831), son of an extremely wealthy father. Our sitter married him in 1810.

5. (our web # 36508) signed and dated 1814 (sic!) portrait of 3-3,5-year-old Eglé-Rosalie Paulée (1810/11-1878), little daughter of our sitter and Jean-Baptiste Cesar Paulée.

Our sitter had a very strong physiognomic resemblance with the other two sisters Vanlerberghe (our web # 36509 and # 36510, looks elder than 14-year-old Eglé-Eugenie but some younger than 23-year-old Barbe Rosalie Josephine. That allows us to assert that this is the second youngest from the Vanlerbeghe sisters Sophie Angélique, who was born in ca. 1792 (see our image nr.12 ) and is here depicted already as wife of Lieutenant Jean-Baptiste Cesar Paulée (our web # 36506) and mother of then 2-2,5-year-old Eglé-Rosalie (our web # 36508).
Unfortunately we could not find extensive information about young years of this woman, only one thing is clear - she and her husband were one of the richest couples in France: daughter of the greatest French trader Ignace-Joseph Vanlerbeghe (who surely made an immense giving) and wife of the successor of an immensely rich father (and successful businessman himself). Surely, she spent all her life without any material problems.
After the death of her husband (1831), on 3 December 1834 she married the well-know general and politician Jean François, vicomte Jacqueminot (1787-1865); CLICK HERE FOR HIS BIOGRAPHY IN WIKIPEDIA.

The author of this (and all other in 6-piece-lot) drawing was the well-known Parisian portraitist Guillaume Descamps, who just came back to the French capital after a few years of stay at the court of Joachim Murat in Naples.

Guillaume-Désire-Joseph Descamps was born in 1779 in Lille and died in 1858 in Paris. He was a pupil of François-André Vincent. In 1802, he won the 2nd Rome-Prize for his painting "Sabinus et Eponine devant Vespasien". Through involvement of Jean-Baptiste Wicar, in 1808, he became a "Peintre officiale du Roi de Naples, Joachim Murat" (in that period, he painted Murat's portrait, as well as some subjects from events of those times: among others, "La roi Joachim Murat distribuant des récompenses aux blessés a bord de la frigate "La Céres", après le combat de 27 juin 1809" (formerly in Palazzo de Potrici in Naples; it was also engraved by Descamps himself)). He regularly exhibited at the Salon de Paris portraits, historical and religious scenes (a.o. paintings intended for churches - St. Estauche (1819) in Paris, St. André (1822) and Chapel of Hospital in Lille.
Works of Descamps can be viewed today in Versailles, Chateau Malmaison, Museum of Fine Arts in Lille, etc.


Condition: good; in original old matting, newly framed

Creation Year: 1813

Measurements:UNFRAMED:14,5x11,9cm/5,7x4,7in FRAMED: 25,6x22,4cm/10,1x8,8in

Object Type:Framed drawing

Style: Portrait miniautres

Technique: Watercolor on paper

Inscription:monogrammed and dated: D. /1813

Creator: Guillaume-Désire-Joseph Descamps

Creator Dates: 1779 Lille-1858 Paris



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