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Portrait of the Chevalier de Lézay

A work made of red and black chalk on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of red and black chalk on cream laid paper.




Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle
French, 1717-1806

About this artwork

Son of a shoemaker, Carmontelle tutored children of the nobility and served as a topographical artist during the Seven Years’ War (1756–63). This portrait of a fellow soldier in his regiment, the Dragons de Beaufremont, was made early in his artistic career (few of his works from this period have survived). Carmontelle later joined the household of Louis-Philippe, Duc d’Orléans, and produced over 750 portraits of the people he encountered there.


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Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle


Portrait of the Chevalier de Lézay


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Red and black chalk on cream laid paper


Primary support: 19.1 × 14.8 cm (7 9/16 × 5 7/8 in.); Secondary support: 22.2 × 17.6 cm (8 3/4 × 6 15/16 in.)

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Jean M. Massengale Memorial Fund

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