Emile DE SPECHT

(Saint-Denis 1843)

A Presumed Portrait of Edgar Degas

Black chalk, with stumping.
Signed and dated Le 22 Novembre 1878 / Émile de Specht / Paris at the lower right.
305 x 232 mm. (12 x 9 1/8 in.)
This fine drawing would appear to be a portrait of the artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) at the age of forty-four. A similar portrait drawing in black chalk by Émile de Specht, depicting Dr. Paul Gachet and dated the 19th of December 1895, is now lost, but is known from an engraving by Paul van Ryssel.



Wilhelm Émile Charles Adolphe de Specht was a pupil of Léon Cogniet and Félix-Joseph Barrias at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, which he entered in 1861. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1865 to 1897, showing mainly views of Paris, genre scenes and portraits. He also exhibited one work at the Salon des Refusés in 1873 and at the Salon des Indépendants in 1888.

Emile DE SPECHT

A Presumed Portrait of Edgar Degas