About this artwork
Although Gabriel de Saint-Aubin failed in his attempts to be accepted by the Royal Academy as a history painter, he never gave up entirely his work in historical subjects, and he loved to endow political figures with ornamental relish. This drawing might have decorated a treatise; it is inscribed by the artist with the declaration “The Heart of the French (Le Coeur des Français)” and signed and dated January 11, 1774.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Gabriel Jacques de Saint-Aubin
- A Portrait Medallion of King Louis XV Surrounded by Putti Carrying the Attributes of Fame and History
- Made 1774
- Graphite, with traces of pen and black ink, on parchment, tipped onto white paper, tipped on blue card
- Inscribed recto, lower center, in graphite: "le Coeur des Français"; lower right, in graphite: "11 Janvier 1774"; at center right edge, in graphite: "Gabriel de S. Aubin del"; at center (in book): "DUC…"
- 120 × 146 mm (primary/secondary supports); 155 × 195 mm (tertiary support)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection