Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (Montauban 1780 - Paris 1867)

The Gatteaux Family

Pencil and reworked lithograph, on several joined sheets of paper, cut out and laid down by the artist onto a larger sheet. The seated figures at the left and centre, as well as the upper part of the seated figure at the right, each engraved separately and mounted by Ingres onto another sheet, on which the artist has drawn the background, as well as the standing figure at the right of centre and the figure in the background at the extreme left, all in pencil. Most of the lower half of the figure seated at the right, drawn and reworked by the artist in pencil.
Signed, dated and dedicated Ingres à Son / Excellent ami / Gatteaux 1850 in pencil at the lower right.
442 x 609 mm. (17 3/8 x 24 in.)

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One of the largest and most ambitious of Ingres’ portrait groups, this drawing bears a dedication to the artist’s close friend Edouard Gatteaux (1788-1881), the son of the engraver and medallist Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux.

Ingres has here assembled three lithographs by Claude Marie François Dien after his own earlier portrait drawings of Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux (1751-1832), his wife Louise-Rosalie Gatteaux, née Anfrye, and their son Edouard Gatteaux. These engravings were carefully laid down by Ingres onto a much larger sheet, to which he added in pencil the standing figure of Paméla de Gardanne (Mme. Edouard Brame), the granddaughter of Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux, as well as drawing most of the lower half of the seated Edouard. Ingres also drew the interior setting, as well as the figure of Edouard’s cousin, Mme. Anfrye, in the background at the extreme left.

The three original portrait drawings by Ingres of M. and Mme. Gatteaux and Edouard Gatteaux - drawn in 1825, 1828 and 1834, respectively – belonged to Edouard Gatteaux and were destroyed in a fire in the Gatteaux home in 1871, during the fighting in Paris at the time of the Commune.

is interesting to note that, in this large composite drawing of The Gatteaux Family, Ingres was creating an imaginary family group. In 1850, when the drawing was made, Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux had been dead for eighteen years and Louise-Rosalie Gatteaux for three, while Edouard Gatteaux, seen here as a young men, was aged sixty-two. The two drawn portraits of Paméla de Gardanne and Mme. Anfrye, however, would seem to correspond to their proper ages at the time the drawing was made.

The present sheet has long been admired as one of Ingres’s most significant works on paper. Extensively published and widely exhibited since 1881, the drawing remained in the collection of the Gatteaux family and its descendants until 1931. As early as 1863 it was described by one writer as the finest drawing in the Gatteaux collection, ‘a marvelous work, the sight of which brings great pleasure.’ In 1932, this drawing was acquired by the bibliophile and collector Douglas H. Gordon, Jr. (1902-1986), in whose collection it remained for over fifty years.

Provenance:
Edouard Gatteaux, Paris, until 1881
The husband of his niece, Edouard Brame, Paris, until 1888
His son, Paul Brame, Paris, until 1908
Mme. Paul Brame, Paris
Her son, Henri Brame, Paris
Galerie Hector Brame, Paris, by 1931
Galerie Paul Cassirer, Berlin, in 1931
M. Knoedler & Co., New York, in 1931
Purchased from them in 1932 by Dr. Douglas Huntly Gordon, Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland (Lugt 1130a)
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 6 July 1987, lot 55
Masataka Tomita, by February 1988
Acquired from him by Jan Krugier and Marie-Anne Poniatowski, Geneva.

Literature:
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The Gatteaux Family

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