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'Le Coureur de St Cloud', a messenger with his staff walking to left; whole-length man in profile to left, wearing a peaked cap, bag under his left arm, a cross in the road behind at r, trees beyond
Black and red chalk, with watercolour
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Height: 267 millimetres
Width: 160 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The watercolour portraits which Carmontelle painted at Saint-Cloud were not restricted to the elegant guests of his master, Louis Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1725-1785). He also made portraits of officials and staff of the château, who were regarded as family in its widest sense, encompassing the members of the Duke's household rather than just his blood relations. Carmontelle even made a self-portrait, in which he is seated elegantly at a desk with a sketchbook open before him and his pen poised in his hand, a brush lying beside scraps of paper on which he has tested his watercolours (Musée Condé, Chantilly, inv. CAR 52).
The old mount gives this man's occupation as 'coureur', literally a courier. Shown with a peaked cap and a messenger bag under his arm, he was a runner who carried messages around the estate.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1974 July-Dec, BM, Portrait Drawings, no.300
2016-17 Sept-Jan, BM, 'French Portrait Drawings' (no cat)
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