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JEAN-BAPTISTE-JACQUES AUGUSTIN (SAINT-DIE-DES-VOSGES 1759-1832 PARIS)
JEAN-BAPTISTE-JACQUES AUGUSTIN (SAINT-DIE-DES-VOSGES 1759-1832 PARIS)
JEAN-BAPTISTE-JACQUES AUGUSTIN (SAINT-DIE-DES-VOSGES 1759-1832 PARIS)
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JEAN-BAPTISTE-JACQUES AUGUSTIN (SAINT-DIE-DES-VOSGES 1759-1832 PARIS)

Portrait of a seated lady wearing a feathered hat

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JEAN-BAPTISTE-JACQUES AUGUSTIN (SAINT-DIE-DES-VOSGES 1759-1832 PARIS)
Portrait of a seated lady wearing a feathered hat
with illegible inscription (upper right)
black chalk, stumping, heightened with white
22 x 16 7⁄8 in. (55.9 x 43 cm)
Provenance
Pauline Augustin, née du Cruet (1781-1865), Paris; by descent to her niece
Justine-Henriette de La Fontaine de Coincy, née de Bouhebert; by descent to her grand-daughter
Simone de La Fontaine de Coincy, Marquise de Landes d’Aussac, Baronne de Saint-Palais (1884-1982).
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, New York, 30 January 1998, lot 335.
Literature
B. Pappe, Jean-Baptiste Jacques Augustin, 1759-1832.Une Nouvelle excellence dan lart du portrait en miniature, Verona, 2015, no. 209, ill.

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Lot Essay

The sitter of this imposing portrait has been identified as Anne-Josèphe Théroigne de Méricourt (1762-1817), who in some of her portraits wears a hat and otfit, inspired by male fashion, similar to the one seen here. An influential figure during the French Revolution and an eloquent speaker, she was an advocate for female membership in revolutionary clubs and delivered fiery orations before the National Assembly and in the streets of Paris. Although Augustin was foremost active as a miniaturist, he often executed large chalk drawings as preparatory works. A comparable drawing of approximately the same size and with the same provenance, was in the sale Christie’s, Monaco, 20 June 1992, lot 280.

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