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    Sale 5344

    Christie's Interiors

    15 January 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 127

    French School, circa 1792

    Portrait of Count Pierre-François-Marie-Auguste Dejean (1780-1845), aged eleven, small three-quarter-length, in a green suit, seated by a table with classical busts, a gladiolus in his right hand, a botanical book by his left

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    French School, circa 1792
    Portrait of Count Pierre-François-Marie-Auguste Dejean (1780-1845), aged eleven, small three-quarter-length, in a green suit, seated by a table with classical busts, a gladiolus in his right hand, a botanical book by his left
    indistinctly signed 'J.[?].../J.F[?].../1792' (centre left, on plinth); inscribed 'GLADIOLUS' (lower right, on botanical book)
    oil on canvas
    13½ x 10 in. (34.4 x 25.5 cm.)
    with an extensive old handwritten biographical inscription 'Pierre François M..[?] Auguste Dejean...etc.' (on reverse of stretcher)


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    Pierre-François-Marie-Auguste Dejean was the son of Count Jean-François-Aimé Dejean (1749-1824), a close aid of Napoleon and Ministre de l'Administration de la guerre, and Alexandrine-Marie-Elisabeth Le Boucher d'Ailly.
    Born in Amiens on 10 August 1780, the young Dejean was a precocious child, winning a silver medal for his work on botany at the age of nine, as depicted on the table in the present portrait, and later wrote books on the subject. He went on to have a distinguished career as a cavalry officer, becoming aide de campe to the Emperor in 1813. He was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1844, dying the following year. He was buried next to his father in the cemetary of Pére Lachaise, Paris.

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