X. Pierre Louis Dubus de Préville
Entered October 2017; revised August 2019
Cambridge, Harvard University, Fogg Museum, inv. 1939.107.
Oil on canvas
Diameter 20.3 cm
Commedia dell’Arte Actor
Head of an Actor, Preville(?) of the Comédie française
New York, collection of Grenville L. Winthrop (1846-1943; lawyer); donated to the Fogg Museum in 1939.
Bowron, European Paintings (1990), cat. 227.
Although classified as “in the style of Jean-Antoine Watteau,” the painting has little to do with the manner of Watteau or his followers. All that it shares with that artist is the subject matter, namely the world of the comedic theater.
Joseph Baillio has kindly pointed out that the so-called Watteau portrait is actually a reduction of the head and torso of Vigée-Lebrun's Portrait of the comedian Pierre Louis Dubus de Préville (1721-1799).