Image: 8 5/8 x 7 7/8 in. (21.9 x 20 cm)
Sheet: 11 5/8 x 8 3/4 in. (29.6 x 22.3 cm)
Purchase, Derald H. and Janet Ruttenberg Gift and The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1983
Not on view
Baron Shwiter was related to Delacroix's friend Jean-Baptiste Pierret, and it was probably through this relationship that he met and became friends with Delacroix. The artist completed this portrait of his friend and fellow painter when the baron-to-be was just twenty-one. In the same year he began a painting of Schwiter, which was refused a place in the Salon of 1827; it was later purchased by Degas and now hangs in the National Gallery, London.
Le Baron Schwiter
Signature: Signed on stone bottom left: 'Eug. Delacroix'
Inscription: Lettered in stone upper right: "AETS XXI"
Vendor: Robert M. Light & Co., Inc
Delteil: 51; Delteil/Strauber: 51
Adolphe Moreau Eugène Delacroix et son oeuvre. Librairie des Bibliophiles, Paris, 1873, cat. no. 5.
Loys Delteil "Le Peintre-Graveur Illustré: Ingres & Delacroix". Vol. III, Paris, 1908, cat. no. 51, np.
Colta Ives, Janet S. Byrne, Suzanne Boorsch, David W. Kiehl, Mary L. Myers Notable Acquisitions, 1983-1984: Prints and Designs for Architecture and Ornament. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1984, p. 75, ill.
Margret Stuffmann Eugène Delacroix. Themen und Variationen. Arbeiten auf Papier. Ex. cat. Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Frankfurt, 1987, cat. no. C 3.
Jacob Bean, Lee Johnson, William M. Griswold Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863): Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from North American Collections. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991.
Loys Delteil, Susan Elizabeth Strauber Delacroix: The Graphic Work : A Catalogue Raisonné. San Francisco, 1997, cat. no. 51, p. 130.