Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix
Portrait of Charles-Etienne-Raymond Victor de Verninac (1803-1834), the Artist's Nephew
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 17 7/8 inches (60.4 x 45.8 cm)
Collection of the sitter, his nephew
Apparently sold, along with other personal effects, by the Public Administrator of New York, where the sitter died in 1834
Private collection, Connecticut
Private collection, New York
James H. Rubin, "Eugene Delacroix's Portrait of Charles de Verninac, 1825-26," Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, New Discoveries, Vol. 5, 1 (Spring 2006)
Eik Kahng, Delacroix and the Matter of Finish (New Haven & London, Yale University Press, 2013), p. 69, fig. 6
Indiana University Art Museum Bulletin, Spring 2006, illus.
Bloomington, Indiana University Art Museum, 2006
Northampton, Smith College Art Museum, 2006-07
Charles de Verninac was the only child of Delacroix's sister, Henriette de Verninac. He was only five years younger than the artist, who took a special interest in him and served as his informal guardian. In 1834, on the voyage home from a tour in South America as a member of France's diplomatic service, he contracted yellow fever and died in New York City on May 22.
Sold for $495,000
Generally in very good condition, with face and hands very well preserved and clothing in good condition; on original 19th century Haro stretcher; wax relining; small amount of inpainting on right trouser leg, lower center; one tiny touch of inpainting on sitter's left cheek; curls above his left ear reinforced; some inpainting in craquelure on the left side and in the dark areas in the clouds. The upper left corner restored. Trees at upper right reinforced. Some inpainting along stretcher marks, mostly at left
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