Édouard-Henri-Théophile Pingret (French, 1788-1875)
Édouard-Henri-Théophile Pingret (French, 1788-1875)

Portait of Two Young Men

Édouard-Henri-Théophile Pingret (French, 1788-1875)
Portait of Two Young Men
signed and dated 'Ed. Pingret. 1830' (lower left)
oil on canvas
16 x 12 7/8 in. (40.6 x 32.7 cm.)
(possibly) Émile Delgarde, Paris.
Private collection.
with Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, acquired directly from the above, 1976.
Charles and Jayne Wrightsman, New York, acquired directly from the above, 1977.
É. Bellier de la Chavignerie and L. Auvrey, Dictionnaire ge´ne´ral des artistes de l'e´cole franc¸aise depuis l'origine des arts du dessin jusqu'a' nos jours. Architectes, peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs et lithographes, vol. II, Paris, 1882, p. 279.
E. Fahy ed., The Wrightsman Pictures, New York, 2005, pp. 352-354, no. 99, illustrated, as Portrait of Two Young Men.
Paris, Salon, 1831, no. 1688, as Portraits de deux frères.

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Lot Essay

In the years following Napoléon’s decisive defeat and abdication in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, artistic exchange between France and England would prove integral to the development of Romantic painting. In particular, the newfound ability of artists of the Romantic generation to travel to England would introduce French artists, including Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, Horace Vernet, and Édouard Pingret, the artist of the present work, to a new, more informal style of portraiture developed by Sir Thomas Lawrence. Pingret’s chic portrait of two fashionably dressed young men has all the hallmarks of this new English style – the figures are posed informally, set within a landscape, and rendered in fluid brushwork. When it was exhibited at the Salon in 1831, the present work was described as a portrait of two brothers, and while the artist was known to have been painting in Normandy in 1831 neither the sitters nor the landscape have been identified.

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