Madame Alexandre Lethière, née Rosa Meli, and Her Daughter, Letizia
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Graphite on tracing paper glued down on support sheet
Sheet: 9 1/8 x 7 15/16 in. (23.1 x 20.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2012
Not on view
This drawing is closely related to the Museum’s Madame Alexandre Lethière and Her Daughter Letizia by Ingres and is in fact a nearly identical tracing that the artist excised and pasted onto a new sheet of heavy white paper. A member of the Lethière family, who wanted a copy, may have requested the traced version. Rosa Meli, an Italian apothecary’s daughter, was the second wife of Alexandre Lethière, whose father, Guillaume, was director of the French Academy in Rome and a close friend of Ingres’s.
Signature: Signed and dated at lower right: Ingres / Rome 1815.
Kate Ganz, New York, by 2003, until 2004; sold to Wrightsman; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, New York , from 2004; Donor: Jayne Wrightsman
Pierre Rosenberg, Elizabeth E. Barker, George R. Goldner et al. The Wrightsman Pictures. Everett Fahy, New York and New Haven, 2005, cat. no. 81, ill.