A stunning example of the Ingres school of pencil portraiture, early 1800s, France. While it is not signed by that artist, there is some evidence in the letters of the notation on the painting that it might well be by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867, Paris). Better known for his magnificent paintings (yes, THAT Ingres). Since it isn't technically signed, one has to look at the dedication the artist wrote on the drawing. "Mars" being the month (March) and not the name of the friend or child of friends who is his subject. These delicate and elegant vignette portraits are a personal favorite of mine. They show all the artistry, but are informal and charming. I once enjoyed them en masse in a special exhibition in Paris at the Grand Palais, and have never forgotten the intimacy and appeal of them. Were I near an authenticator, I'd have them rule out or confirm that this is a drawing by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Lacking that, I can only tell you it has every indication of being. Certainly of the school of Ingres at the very least. Still in its original frame, ready to hang or shelf display. The outer frame is 13 1/2" x 11 1/4", 1 3/4" depth, and drawing showing in aperture is 10 1/4" x 8 1/4". Pencil & graphite on 100% cotton rag paper, c.1835s.
Very good to excellent condition, well protected these 200 years under glazing/glass. Frame shows age, is the old 1st Empire decorative motif/style. Not perfect, very much its period in time. Drawing is superb! No damage to portrait, which is pencil/graphite on 100% cotton rag paper.