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Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767-1855) "Portrait of a young lady", superb large miniature!!, ca. 1815
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This watercolor portrait of superior quality by great French 19th century artist Jean-Baptiste Isabey was executed in his favorite technique introduced by this artist in the early 1810s as he chiefly moved from miniatures on ivory to works in this kind of technique.
This technique consisted in Isabey (and later his pupils!) using a sheet of vellum which he laid (before the actual painting process) on thin ovale tin plaque of the same form and size (the verso of this plaque was then either lacquered in white (our case) or again covered with paper).
The name of the depicted young lady was provided by an old legend on verso (unfortunately we see the remains of latter; one can read ".../fille de ... Louis... /et Mlle de Goyenheche /ne a Paris le 11 Aout 1793".
The noble name "de Goyenheche" is rarely found in reference sources of the 19th century. It is a different case with the name "de Goyeneche" - there was highly aristocratic Spanish familiy with this name at the turn of 19th century (among its members -generals, politicians and even one mayor of Madrid): Was this lady (the legend says she was born in Paris in 1793) the daughter of one of female members of this family? Lived she in Paris in the mid 1810s (early period of Restoration)? Or did she pose for this portrait in 1814/15 in Vienna during the famous congress (Isabey was there and executed a great amount of portraits of the congress's guests)?
Not in perfect condition (slighty burnt from the sun) it is nevertheless one of the best works of Isabey we have ever possessed.
Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 Nancy - 1855 Paris) was the most famous of all European portrait miniature painters of the turn of the 19th century. In 1785 he went to Paris to study under David, but the great master had just left for Rome. At first in a tight financial situation, Isabey finally was ordered to paint miniatures of the children of King's brother, Count D'Artois. By means of this commission he came to court, met the Queen Marie-Antoinette and obtained an apartment in Versailles. In 1786 David returned from Rome, accepted Isabey as pupil without payment and favoured him in every way. At the time of Revolution the artist already acquired significant clientele in Paris. He portrayed most of Convention members, became one of the intimates of Mme Bonaparte's house. Isabey was a drawing master of Hortense and Eugene de Beauharnais; he controlled the ceremony of Napoleon's coronation and organized festivities for the Empire.
In 1806 Isabey was appointed "Peintre dessinateur du cabinet de S.M. l'Empereur, des ceremonies et des relations exterieurs", and in the following year - "Premier peintre de la Chambre de l'Imperatrice". From 1809 Isabey had a studio in the porcelain factory in Sevres. When in 1810, Napoleon married Marie-Louise, Isabey became drawing master to the latter. In 1812 he went to Vienna to do the portraits of the Imperial Family. He returned there again in 1814 to paint the Congress of Vienna on the order of Talleyrand. He returned to Paris in 1815. With a begin of Restoration he went to London. On his return in 1820 Louis XVIII appointed him miniature painter and "inspecteur dessinateur, ordonnateur des fetes et spectacles". Charles X gave him the title of royal draughtsman and painter and appointed him officer of the Legion d'honneur in 1825. In 1837 Louis-Philippe appointed him Assistant Keeper of the Royal Museums and gave him an appartment at Versailles. He also had the favours of Napoleon III from whom he obtained a pension of Frs. 6000.
See also our comparison mages nr.9-12 and CLICK HERE FOR OTHER WORKS OF ISABEY IN OUR POSSESSION.
Provenance: private collection, Copenhagen
Condition: miniature and frame in fairly good condition
Creation Year: ca 1815
Measurements: UNFRAMED:18,1x10,8cm/7,1x4,3in FRAMED: 21,2x17,0cm/8,3x6,7in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on paper, laid on tin plaque by the artist
Inscription: on verso remains of an old legend
Creator: Jean-Baptiste Isabey
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Creator Dates: 1767 Nancy-1855 Paris
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