Portrait of a Man

Artist: Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux (French, 1767–1840)

Date: ca. 1790

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Diameter 2 1/4 in. (57 mm)

Classification: Miniatures

Credit Line: Gift of Humanities Fund Inc., 1972

Accession Number: 1972.145.11

Not on view
Born in Paris, Ledoux became a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725–1805). She painted portraits in oils, as well as miniatures, and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1793 until 1819. A miniature portrait by Peter Adolf Hall (1739–1793) in the Wallace Collection, London, was formerly thought to depict her (Graham Reynolds, Wallace Collection: Catalogue of Miniatures, London, 1980, no. 111, ill.), but this identification has been called into question (Stephen Duffy and Christoph Martin Vogtherr, Miniatures in the Wallace Collection, London, London, 2010, p. 76, no. 24); however, The Met’s miniature, of about 1790, shows that the artist was influenced by Hall (see 95.14.53, 17.120.119, 26.168.45).

[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
The face, cravat, and waistcoat, freely painted, are quite well preserved. There is, however, damage to the peripheral areas. The presence of bloom and some paint loss around the perimeter may be attributed to moisture. Damage to the jacket of the sitter is possibly due to the severe deterioration of the original cover glass. Retouching is present in the coarse brown paint above the sitter's head. The bloom has been reduced and the retouching burnished to blend into the surrounding surface. The cover glass has been replaced.
[2016; adapted from Reynolds and Baetjer 1996]
Inscription: Signed (right, in black): Ledoux
Boris A. Bakhmeteff, New York (probably 1930s or earlier–d. 1951); Humanities Fund Inc., New York (1951–72)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1996–January 5, 1997, no. 92.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "In Miniature," August 29–December 28, 2014, no catalogue.

Vitale Manin. Letter. received March 8, 1977, states that T. V. Bouyevskaya attributes it to Jeanne Philiberte Ledoux based on the style and costume.

Graham Reynolds with the assistance of Katharine Baetjer. European Miniatures in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, p. 114, no. 92, ill. p. 115, date it about 1790 and note the influence of Peter Adolf Hall.