Portrait of a woman seated in a landscape by Jean-Baptiste Isabey

The drawing shows a fashionably dressed woman in the politically correct attire of the Revolutionary period, a simple, Roman-inspired style that contrasted entirely with the excesses displayed during the ancien régime.


Chalk, graphite & gouache on paper
53.5 x 40 cm
Art Fund grant:
£21,000 ( Total: £70,000)
Acquired in:
David Tunick Inc, New York

The work is emblematic of its period and aesthetically not far removed from the best known portraits of the same era like Jacques-Louis David's 'Madame Récamier'. The British Museum has a small representation of French Neo-Classical drawings and this work significantly enhances it.


Pisa-Drouot sale, Paris, 2003; Didier Aaron; David Tunick Inc, New York.

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British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181 www.britishmuseum.org

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