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Portrait of Jeanbon Saint-André

A work made of pen and black ink and brush and black ink with yellow ocher watercolor over graphite, on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink and brush and black ink with yellow ocher watercolor over graphite, on cream laid paper.

Date:

1795

Artist:

Jacques Louis David
French, 1748-1825

About this artwork

This penetrating character study of the artist’s friend and fellow French revolutionary, Jeanbon Saint-André (1749–1813), made while both were in prison, brilliantly captures the sitter’s political and moral beliefs through his intense and unflinching stare, defiantly crossed arms, and sober black frock coat and hat. At the same time, it recalls profile portraits on ancient coins, thus equating Saint-André and the revolution with the lofty ideals of the Roman republic. David’s handwritten inscription on the drawing reads: “A gift of friendship. Solace of affection. David made this in confinement in the third year of the French Revolution on July 28, 1795.”

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Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jacques Louis David

Title

Portrait of Jeanbon Saint-André

Place

France (Object made in)

Date

1795

Medium

Pen and black ink and brush and black ink with yellow ocher watercolor over graphite, on cream laid paper

Inscriptions

Signed on the mount: "Donum amicitiae. amoris Solatium. David faciebat in vinculis anno R.fr 3 (1795) messidoris 20"

Dimensions

183 × 183 mm

Credit Line

Helen Regenstein Collection

Reference Number

1973.153

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