Portrait of Jeanbon Saint-André

A work made of pen and black ink and black and gray wash, with pale yellow wash and white gouache, over graphite, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream laid card.
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  • A work made of pen and black ink and black and gray wash, with pale yellow wash and white gouache, over graphite, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream laid card.

Date:

1795

Artist:

Jacques Louis David
French, 1748-1825

About this artwork

During the French Revolution, David became a deputy and voted for the execution of Louis XVI. After the fall of Robespierre on July 26, 1794, many of his followers, including David, were imprisoned for a short time. It was during his confinement that the artist made this highly finished portrait of a fellow prisoner, Jeanbon Saint-André (1748-1813), who had been elected to the convention in 1792. The bond that developed between the two men is attested by the inscription which translates: "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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Artist

Jacques Louis David

Title

Portrait of Jeanbon Saint-André

Origin

France

Date

1795

Medium

Pen and black ink and black and gray wash, with pale yellow wash and white gouache, over graphite, on tan laid paper, laid down on cream laid card

Inscriptions

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

Dimensions

252 × 182 mm

Credit Line

Helen Regenstein Collection

Reference Number

1973.153

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