Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 47 5/8 x 37 5/8 in. (121 x 95.6 cm)
Credit Line: Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1918
Accession Number: 19.77.1
This portrait of Leblanc and that of his wife (19.77.2) were painted in 1823, shortly after Ingres met the couple in Florence. Madame Leblanc had been lady-in-waiting to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany, Napoleon’s sister Élisa Bacchiochi; Monsieur Leblanc was her secretary. Ingres described him as "a Frenchman, very rich and also quite generous and good, who has adopted us, to the point of overwhelming us with kindnesses and also with requests for paintings portraits, etc." Edgar Degas, who first saw these portraits in 1854, described his acquisition of them in 1896 as "the event of my life as a collector." The Metropolitan bought them from Degas’s estate sale in 1918.