Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethière, née Marie-Joseph-Honorée Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethière
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)
9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24.1 x 18.7 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
As a pensioner of the French Academy in Rome, Ingres made portrait drawings of his friends and colleagues, including at least ten portraits of the family of Guillaume Lethière, its director, which date from 1808 to 1818. This double portrait of Lethière's wife and young son is set in the garden of the Villa Medici, the seat of the French Academy (its palace is visible on the left). Drawn in 1808, it is one of the first of Ingres' portrait drawings with a view of Rome as its backdrop.
Signature: Signed and dated lower right: Ingres rome/1808
Inscription: verso: pour ma fille/Servières (dedication of Mme Lethière to her daughter, Eugénie Servières)
Marking: At lower left the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection stamp (Lugt 1943)
Mme Guillaume Guillon Lethière (French)Paris, until 1838; Given by her to her daughter, Mme Eugénie Servières, until her death; Purchased from a French priv. collection by H. O. Havemeyer; Donor: Louisine W. Havemeyer
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