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Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson created this self-portrait as a young man, in his 20s, while living in Italy after winning the prestigious Prix de Rome. The artist meets the viewer's gaze boldly and directly from underneath his distinctive hat. The drawing is one of several depictions that Girodet created of himself around this time and may have been intended as a gift by exchange for a colleague.

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  • Title: Self-Portrait in a Hat
  • Creator: Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson (French, 1767-1824)
  • Date Created: c. 1790
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.); Secondary Support: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 in.)
  • Provenance: (Adrian Ward-Jackson, London, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1978.79
  • Medium: black chalk, with stumping, heightened with traces of white gouache
  • Inscriptions: VERSO OF SECONDARY SUPPORT, upper left, in graphite: 13/45 [5 written over a numeral 4]
  • Fun Fact: Self-portraiture was a common practice among the young artists who, like Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Trioson, worked in the studio of the acclaimed history painter Jacques-Louis David.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Delia E. Holden Fund
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 1978.79

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