Sébastien CORNU (Lyon 1804 - Longport-sur-Orges 1870)
Portrait of a Young Boy Seated in a Chair Sold
Signed and dated SM Cornu / Paris, avril 1839 in pencil at the lower left.
Inscribed cet enfant represente le petit fils de / Elisabeth Duplay et de (Philippe Lebas) / (Deputé a la convention) / Philippe Lebas ami de Robespierre on the reverse of the frame.
328 x 245 mm. (12 7/8 x 9 5/8 in.) [sheet]
An inscription on the reverse of the frame identifies the present sheet as a portrait of the young Leon Grujon Le Bas (1834-1907) at the age of five. The son of the scholar and archaeologist Philippe Le Bas and the grandson of the French revolutionary Philippe-François-Joseph Le Bas and his wife Elisabeth Duplay, the daughter of Robespierre’s landlord in Paris, Leon Grujon Le Bas became the director of the Salpêtrière hospital in Paris and was also made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour.
Private collection, London.