Count Chaptal (1756-1832) played a major role in the development of industry after the French Revolution. He adapted scientific discoveries to public works projects, and as interior minister, he reformed transportation, public health, and vocational training in France. The portrait extols his career, marked by stacked filing boxes in the background, as well as the honors he wears, from the silk sash of the scientific Order of Saint Michel to the Legion of Honor medal pinned over his heart.

Download this artwork (provided by The Cleveland Museum of Art).
Learn more about this artwork.


  • Title: Portrait of Count Jean-Antoine Chaptal
  • Creator: Antoine-Jean Gros (French, 1771-1835)
  • Date Created: 1824
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 183.5 x 151.1 x 16.5 cm (72 1/4 x 59 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.); Unframed: 136.5 x 114.3 cm (53 3/4 x 45 in.)
  • Provenance: Family of the sitter until 1955, bought by Jacques Seligmann, New York. Purchased by the CMA in 1964.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1964.54
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: Signed lower left: Gros / 1824
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1964.54

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps