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Louis Carrogis, called Carmontelle (Paris 1717-1806)
Louis Carrogis, called Carmontelle (Paris 1717-1806)

Portrait of the Baron de Bombelles, full-length, in the Jardin des Tuileries

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Louis Carrogis, called Carmontelle (Paris 1717-1806) Portrait of the Baron de Bombelles, full-length, in the Jardin des Tuileries with inscriptions 'Mr. Le Baron de Bombelles, capitaine aux gardes françaises.', '1765.' (on the mount, recto) and with further inscriptions 'b. on de Bombelles cap.n aux gardes françaises carmontel delin 1765' and '243' (on the mount, verso) black and red chalk, watercolour, heightened with white, watermark J. Honig & Zoonen (on the mount) 12 1/8 x 7 1/8 in. (30.8 x 18 cm.)
Provenance
Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle; his sale, Paris, 17 April 1807, part of lot 22.
Chevalier Richard de Lédans; his sale, Paris, 3 November 1816.
Pierre de La Mésangère; his sale, Paris, 18 July 1831, part of lot 304, where purchased by
John Duff; and by descent.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 15 December 1992, lot 182.
Literature
R. de Lédans, Catalogue des Portraits dessinés et peints par Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle, Paris, 1807, manuscript, p. 94, no. 396, as part of album X.

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Joseph-Henri de Bombelles (1721-1783) entered the army in 1736 and was appointed Capitaine des Gardes Française in 1765, the year in which the present portrait was executed. He held this rank until 1780, when he was promoted to Maréchal de Camp. In 1803, after the upheavals of the Revolution, he took holy orders and, at the Restoration, was appointed Bishop of Amiens.

The present portrait, along with lot 130 belongs to a large group bought by Pierre de La Mésangère in 1816, after the death of Carmontelle's friend and heir Richard de Lédans. The majority of the drawings in this series, which are distinguished by their green mounts, were purchased by the Duc d'Aumale and are now in the collection at Chantilly. The group sold at Christie's in 1992, of which this drawing formed a part, was the first selection of Carmontelle drawings to be sold since 1877 with such a direct provenance from the artist.

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