Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) Portrait of Hippolyte-François Devillers, 1812
Signed, inscribed, and dated in graphite at lower right, Ingres. a rome / 1812.
9 x 6 9/16 inches (228 x 166 mm.)
After completing his tenure as a pensionnaire at
the Villa Medici in 1810, Ingres remained in Rome
to work on imperial commissions and to paint
and draw portraits of French occupation officials
and their families. The Eternal City was a hotbed
of young Frenchmen without noble titles but
brimming with ambition, seeking to advance
themselves professionally, socially, and financially.
One such foreigner was Hippolyte-François
Devillers (1767–1837), who was sent to Rome in
1811 to serve as the director of Probate and Estates;
he would sit for Ingres on at least three occasions.
Pictured here as a bachelor at the age of forty-seven,
Devillers appears somewhat nervous and delicate,
as if he has not quite gained confidence in his