About this artwork
One of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s largest and most ambitious portrait drawings, this work depicts the important Parisian society hostess, writer, and critic the Comtesse Marie d’Agoult and her daughter Claire.
Ingres typically produced his portrait drawings without preparation and in a single sitting. This work, in contrast, required at least two sittings and three preparatory studies. The drawing is notable for its evocation of the richly furnished interior of d’Agoult’s home. The artist selectively applied yellow watercolor to enhance objects and added white heightening to the sitters’ dresses to suggest the sheen of silk.
- Prints and Drawings
- Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
- Comtesse Charles d’Agoult (born Marie de Flavigny) and Her Daughter Claire d’Agoult
- Graphite, heightened with white opaque watercolor, with touches of yellow watercolor, on off-white wove paper, lined to secondary wove paper
- Signed, lower right, graphite: "J. Ingres Del 1849/"
- 485 × 399 mm (primary support); 499 × 415 mm (secondary support)
- Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray