Pierre-Paul Prud'hon

Download image: 
Pierre-Paul Prud'hon
Portrait of Antoine Cerclet (1796-1849)
Black chalk, stumped, pen and black ink, with white chalk, on light brown paper, some black chalk; yellow wash applied to verso corresponds roughly to area of sitter's head.
5 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches (146 x 123 mm), oval, diameter
Purchased on the Lois and Walter C. Baker Fund as the gift of Mrs. Carl Stern.

Download verso image: 

Watermark: none.
According to Prud'hon's inscription, Cerclet, who was born in Russia and studied law in Paris, would have been 22 years old at the time he sat for this portrait.


Signed and dated in black chalk, at lower right, "P.P. Prud'hon / 1818".
Inscribed in pen and brown ink, on back of wooden support of old frame, "Portrait de Mr / A. Cerclet / Maître des requêtes / Secrétaire-rédacteur / de la chambre des Députés".

Possibly Eudoxe Marcille (according to Guiffrey; no mark; see Lugt S. 605a); M. Jarre (according to Guiffrey); sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 6 December 1982, lot 172, repr.; Baskett & Day, London.
Associated names: 

Marcille, Eudoxe, former owner.
Jarre, M., former owner.
Stern, Anne Bigelow, donor.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twentieth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981-1983. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, p. 292.
Denison, Cara D. French Drawings, 1550-1825. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984, no. 93.
Denison, Cara D. French Master Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, no. 94, repr.

Artist page: