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Portrait of Baroness Pauline Jeanin

Jacques Louis David French

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Following the definitive defeat of Napoleon and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, David would spend the final decade of his life in exile in Brussels. There, he established a studio and continued to work, but his drawings reveal shifts in his practice and interests.

This touching portrait of his daughter Pauline, with a gentle and affectionate gaze, re-creates the composition of an earlier painted portrait. Inscribed "done from memory," the sheet evokes both his fondness for his absent daughter and, through her jewelry, the family’s former status in the imperial court.

Portrait of Baroness Pauline Jeanin, Jacques Louis David (French, Paris 1748–1825 Brussels), Black chalk

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