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A half length portrait of a man in a white powdered wig and ruffled shirt facing lef

Sitting in profile facing left, in a chair with a red and gold patterned velvet back, a man turns his head to look at us. He wears white curly hair down to ear length, tied with a black bow in back. He has a high forehead and a double chin, and he smiles faintly as he regards us with blue-gray eyes. He wears a light gray, velvet, collarless jacket with gold buttons and a bright blue inner lining showing, a white cravat, and a shirt with a white lace ruffled front. The background is a shifting blue and gray resembling sky.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Maurice-Quentin de La Tour, French (Saint-Quentin 1704 - 1788 Saint-Quentin)
Jean-Charles Garnier, Seigneur d’Isle
Work Type
c. 1751
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Physical Descriptions

Pastel on paper, wrapped around and adhered to canvas
64.4 x 53.9 cm (25 3/8 x 21 1/4 in.)
frame: 86 × 75.2 cm (33 7/8 × 29 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription:
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Recorded Ownership History
Jean-Charles Garnier, Seigneur d’Isle, Paris (by 1755); Garnier family, Belle-Île, by descent; Monsieur Boussode, Nancy; David David-Weill, Paris (by 1907); Wildenstein and Co., New York (by 1937), sold; to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, gift; to Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.863

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art


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Publication History

  • “Exposition des Ouvrages de l’Académie Royale de Peinture, faite dans une dos Salée du Louvre, le 25 Août 1751", Mercure de France, Mercure de France (Paris, 1751), October, pp. 158-69, possibly p. 166
  • Auguste Jal, Dictionnaire critique de biographie et d’histoire, Slatkine (Geneva, 1872), possibly pp. 1318-19
  • Jules-François-Felix Fleury-Husson, called Champfleury, La Tour, Librairie de l'Art (Paris, 1886), possibly p. 93
  • Maurice Tourneux, La Tour, H. Laurens (Paris, 1904), p. 51 (as "Jean-Charles Garnier d’Isle")
  • Charles Morice, "Collection David Weill", L’Art et les Artistes, Hachette (Paris, 1907), vol. 5, April-September, pp. 227-35, p. 229 (as "Monsieur de Neuville")
  • “Notes critiques sur les œuvres de peinture et de sculpture reunites à l’exposition des cent pastels du XVIIIe siècle ouverte à la Galerie Georges Petit en mai-juin 1908", Bulletin de la société de l’histoire de l’art francais, Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Français (Paris, 1908), pp. 227-34, p. 231
  • Exposition de cent pastels du XVIIIe siècle, exh. cat., Galerie Georges Petit (Paris, 1908), cat. no. 59, p. 24
  • Léon Roger-Milès, Maîtres du XVIIIe siècles: cent pastels, Imprimerie Georges Petit (Paris, 1908), p. 47
  • Élie Fleury and Gaston Briére, Catalogue des pastels de M.-Q. de La Tour: collection de Saint-Quentin et Musée du Louvre, Bulloz (Paris, 1910), p. 37 (as "Jean-Charles Garnier d’Isle")
  • Louis Réau, “Quelques œuvres inédites de Pigalle", La revue de l’art ancien et moderne, Charavay (Paris, 1923), January-May, pp. 383-90
  • Gabriel Henriot, Collection David-Weill, Braun (Paris, 1926-1928), vol. 2, pp. 1, 37-39
  • Albert Besnard and Georges Wildenstein, La Tour: la vie et l'œuvre de l'artiste, Les Beaux-Arts (Paris, 1928), cat. no. 157, p. 143
  • Georges Wildenstein, French XVIIIth Century Paintings, exh. cat., Wildenstein & Company (New York, 1948), n.p.
  • Élie Fleury and Gaston Briére, Collection Maurice-Quentin Delatour à Saint-Quentin, exh. cat., Musée Antoine Lecuyer (Saint Quentin, 1954), p. 53
  • Dorothy W. Gillerman, ed., Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, 1969), cat. no. 101, pp. 148-49, 250
  • H. W. Janson, Catalogues of the Paris Salon, 1673 to 1881, Garland (New York and London, 1977), possibly vol. 3, cat. no. 48, p. 24
  • Christine Debrie, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour: “peintre de portraits au pastel” 1704-1788 au Musée Antoine Lécuyer de Saint-Quentin, Editions de l'Albaron (Saint-Quentin, 1991), p. 120
  • Michel Gallet, Les architectes parisiens du XVIIIe siècle: dictionnaire biographique et critique, Editions Mengès (Paris, 1995), p. 234
  • Edward Saywell, Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998), vol. 6, no. 2, cat. no. 44, pp. 21, 25-n.27, 29
  • Claire Paisner, “Review: Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings", Pastelagram, Pastel Society of America (New York, 1999), vol. 27, no. 1, Spring-Summer, pp. 12-13, p. 13
  • Christine Debrie and Xavier Salmon, Maurice-Quentin de La Tour: prince des pastellistes, Somogy (Paris, 2000), pp. 162, 164, 169-n.47
  • Xavier Salmon, La voleur d’âmes: Maurice Quentin de La Tour, exh. cat., Éditions Artlys (Versailles, 2004), p. 156
  • Joseph Baillio, The Arts of France from François Ier to Napoléon Ier, exh. cat., ed. Guy Wildenstein, Wildenstein & Company (New York, 2005), p. 78
  • Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, Unicorn Press (London, 2006), p. 290
  • Katharine Baetjer and Marjorie Shelley, Pastel Portraits: Images of Eighteenth-Century Europe, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2011), p. 29
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr. and Edouard Kopp, French Drawings from the Age of Claude, Poussin, Watteau, and Fragonard: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2022), cat. no. 70, repr., p. 16

Exhibition History

  • Exposition de cent pastels du XVIIIe siècle, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 05/18/1908 - 06/10/1908
  • Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969
  • Behind the Line: The Materials and Techniques of Old Master Drawings, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/03/1998 - 12/30/1998
  • 32Q: 2220 18th-19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 09/19/2019 - 01/24/2022

Subjects and Contexts

  • Google Art Project
  • Collection Highlights

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