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.
Portrait of a woman seated in a landscape by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, 1793
© Copyright The Trustees of The British Museum
- 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.