Alfred Dedreux (1810–1860) as a Child

Théodore Gericault French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 801

The subject of this portrait is the nephew of Gericault’s friend the painter Pierre-Joseph Dedreux-Dorcy. This canvas is one of a small group of drawings and paintings (in various collections) that depict the eight- or nine-year-old Alfred and his younger sister, Elisabeth, with remarkable self-possession and grace for their age. Alfred became a painter and, like Gericault, was enamored of horses. Eugène Delacroix, who had studied with Gericault, later owned this painting.

Alfred Dedreux (1810–1860) as a Child, Théodore Gericault (French, Rouen 1791–1824 Paris), Oil on canvas

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