Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Graphite with graphite framing lines, corrected with white, on buff wove paper
12 11/16 x 9 3/4 in. (32.2 x 25 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
The physician François Mêlier, an eminent figure in the field of public health in the mid-nineteenth century, posed for this masterful portrait. In all likelihood commissioned by Mêlier’s family, the drawing was in the collection of his daughter Blanche at the time of Ingres’s retrospective exhibition in 1867. The white highlights are probably Ingres’s corrections. As the paper darkened over time, they became more prominent.
Signature: Signed and dated in graphite ( lower right): Ingres Del 1849
Inscription: Inscribed in graphite (top right): F.s. Mêlier D.M.
François Mêlier, Paris (d. 1866), Paris; his daughter Mme. Antonin Desormeaux, born Blanche Mêlier (d. 1891); her son, Ange-Marie-Gabriel Desormeaux, Paris; Henri Desormeaux (son of Ange-Marie-Gabriel Desormeaux), Le Mans; [Marianne Feilchenfeldt, Zurich], 1959. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Feilchenfeldt in October 1960.