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Materials and Methods
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867)
Portrait of Guillaume Guillon-Lethière, 1815
Signed and inscribed at lower right, M. de Ingres / a Mad.lle Lescot / ...
11 x 8 3/4 inches (280 x 221 mm.)
Bequest of Therese Kuhn Straus in memory of her husband, Herbert N. Straus, 1977; 1977.56
Whether he was making portraits of family and friends or preliminary studies for important history paintings, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) created drawings of great subtlety and nuance. Close examination of the paper and media allows us to glimpse the working methods of one of the greatest draftsmen and portraitists in French history. Though he employed the simplest of materials—primarily graphite on fine paper—Ingres achieved masterful results. This feature, based on careful study of sixteen exceptional drawings in the Morgan's collection, explores the physical evidence of Ingres's artistic process, from his use of prefabricated drawing boards to his strategies for transferring drafts from one sheet to another.