Nicolo Paganini (1784–1840)

Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)

Date: between 1818–31

Medium: Counterproof strengthened with graphite and white chalk on tracing paper

Dimensions: 9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in. (24 x 18.5 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Bequest of Grace Rainey Rogers, 1943

Accession Number: 43.85.10


Ingres was himself an accomplished violinist, and met and befriended Paganini by playing second violin in a performance with him. Ingres apparently drew three portraits of Paganini. This embellished counterproof is said to have been made for the engraver Calamatta.