French ( b.1780 - d.1867 )
|Image size||24.4 inches x 20.1 inches ( 62cm x 51cm )|
|Frame size||29.9 inches x 26.4 inches ( 76cm x 67cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original pastel on vellum by Antoine Favart dated 1846.
The work is presented and supplied in a late 19th century frame (which is shown in these photographs) but mounted and isolated using modern day conservation materials and behind glass. The frame has losses with its decorative features.
The vellum has benefitted from some restoration by being carefully, expertly and diligently re-stretched over an extended period and then fixed to a board, which was performed in 2009 on our instructions.
Antoine Favart was born in Paris in 1780. He came from a famous theatrical family, his father being the French playwright Charles Nicolas Joseph Justin Favart and his grandfather being the dramatist Charles Simon Favart. His mother was Maurice-Genevieve Favart (nee Bellot), an accomplished pastellist and former pupil of Bachelier.
Antoine Favart was in the diplomatic service being the Consul for France in Russia in the 1860s but was also a playwright himself a painter and an engraver.
The sitter strikes a noble pose, with receding hairline, and full black beard. His expression is both serious and composed. He wears a sumptuous sable trimmed coat with a glimpse of a white undershirt. The background is shades of grey, adding to the very dignified impression of this magnificent piece.