9 December 2008
LOUIS-MARIE AUTISSIER (FRENCH, 1772-1830)
A young artist, seated at a desk, drawing a portrait of a young lady in a sketchbook, in blue coat, yellow waistcoat, white shirt, knotted black stock, gem-set tie-pin, a burgundy velvet-lined olive green coat draped over his shoulders
signed 'Autissier p.t [à B]rux[elles]' (mid-left)
feigned oval, 7½ in. (193 mm.) high, rectangular gilt-wood frame with beaded and foliate surround
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The almost invisible address à Bruxelles below Autissier's signature, formerly probably followed by a date, would suggest that this impressive portrait was painted during the last five years of the artist's life.
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