Portrait of a Man, said to be the Sculptor Clodion (1738-1814)

Unknown and French (18th century)late 18th century

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This portrait is presumed to represent the French sculptor Clodion (1738-1814). He is depicted as a nobleman, wearing a suit with a ruffled collar and a wig tied with a ribbon. The medallion format and use of color in this drawing recall painted portrait miniatures, an art form that reached the height of its popularity in the 18th century.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Man, said to be the Sculptor Clodion (1738-1814)
  • Creator: Unknown, French (18th century)
  • Date Created: late 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Diameter: 13.7 cm (5 3/8 in.); height: 13.9 cm (5 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2018.51
  • Medium: Black chalk with stumping and red and blue chalks; frame details in pen and brown ink and blue washes
  • Inscriptions: lower center, in brown ink: Gabriel de Saint-Aubin, verso of second sheet of laid paper: upper left, in graphite: 2, Watermark: upper center of second sheet: crowned armorial over D&C Blauw (partial), verso of original backing: faded brown label, printed with hand written black ink notations: VENTE 6 MARS 1898 SAINT AUBIN / (GABRIEL DE) / 97.— Portrait presume de Claude-Michel, dit Clo- / dion, célèbre sculpteur né a Nancy / Buste un médaillon, de profile a gauche. Costume / à jabot, perruque nouée derrière par un ruban / Superbe dessin à la pierre noire rehaussé de blanc et / très légèrement relevé d’aquarelle. / Cadre ancien Louis XVI, en bois sculpture et doré / Médallion rond diam 14 / Dacier No 290; yellow label with engraved designs: MARIUS PAULUME / Estamper, Dessins, Miniatures / TABLEAUX / Curiosities & Objets d’Arts / Encadrements / 10. Rue Chauchat. 10 / PARIS / Anciennement 13 Rue Royale
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 2018.51

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