Louis Roux – Pencil Portrait of Henri Fontenilliat – Circa 1860
Louis François Prosper Roux, French painter and watercolorist, was born in Paris on February 14, 1817. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, a pupil of Paul Delaroche (1797-1859). He won a second Grand Prize of Rome in 1839 and exhibited regularly at the Salon de Paris between 1839 and 1877, winning a third class medal in 1846 and second class medals in 1857 and 1859, respectively. His work focused mainly on religious themes, the lives of famous artists, but he also painted interior scenes, marine scenes, allegorical paintings and portraits. His oeuvre can be found in the collections of a number of French museums, including those in Avignon, Le Puy-en-Velay and the French National Library.
Louis Roux died in Paris on April 6, 1903, at the age of 86. He is buried in the Montmartre (10th division) cemetery next to his first wife and son Paul Roux (1851-1918), who was also a painter.
The sitter, Henri-Frédéric Fontenilliat (Rouen, 1793- Paris, 1864) was a French financier, regent of the Bank of France between 1846 and 1863. He acquired and restored the Château de Vizille in 1862, current headquarters of the Museum of the French Revolution. He had 2 girls. One of his grandchildren, Jean Casimir-Perier, was President of the Republic from 1894 to 1895.
This drawing represents an elderly Mr. Fontenilliat wearing a dressing gown, seated and facing the viewer. There is a handwritten annotation by the artist in the lower part of the drawing and his name on the back of the paper.
Sources: Benezit Dictionnary of Artists; Brockhaus-Efron Encyclopedia; Wikipedia.
Artist: Louis Roux (1817-1903).
Medium: Pencil on browned paper.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 24 x 19 cm. / 9.5 x 7.5 in.
Frame: 40 x 33 cm. / 15 3/4 x 13 in. New, gilt wood, classic style.
Provenance : Paris, France.