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Portrait of a Man, said to be the Sculptor Clodion (1738-1814)

Portrait of a Man, said to be the Sculptor Clodion (1738-1814)

late 18th century

Unknown

French

(18th century)

Black chalk with stumping and red and blue chalks; frame details in pen and brown ink and blue washes

Diameter: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); height: 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.)

Bequest of Muriel Butkin 2018.51

Description

This portrait is presumed to represent the French sculptor Clodion (1738-1814). He is depicted as a nobleman, wearing a suit with a ruffled collar and a wig tied with a ribbon. The medallion format and use of color in this drawing recall painted portrait miniatures, an art form that reached the height of its popularity in the 18th century.

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