Artist: Marie Denise Villers (French, Paris 1774–1821 Paris (?))
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 63 1/2 x 50 5/8in. (161.3 x 128.6cm)
Credit Line: Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number: 17.120.204
At one time ascribed to Jacques-Louis David, this engaging image has most recently been identified as the work of Marie Denise Villers. Although little known today, Villers was a gifted pupil of Anne Louis Girodet-Trioson (1767–1824) and exhibited in the Salons, where her portraits attracted attention. This canvas, which was shown in that of 1801, may be a self-portrait.