This double portrait drawing pictures two architect friends, both students of Charles Percier (1764–1838), and may have been drawn as a celebration of their reunion in Rome. Ingres arrived in Rome in 1806 (staying until 1820) and quickly developed a reputation as a portraitist. His skill in this genre is evident from his sympathetic portrayal of the two young architects. It captures their different characters: the assertive posture of Leclére (on the left) contrasts beautifully with the more sensitive air of Provost (on the right).
Hard graphite on smooth beige wove thin tissue mounted on cream wove backing sheet
Purchased with the Drayton Hillyer Fund
ID Number: SC 1937:5-1