A Woman Painter at Work on a Portrait

Mme. Labille-Guiard at work on a Portrait

18th century
Imitator of Jean-Michel Moreau le Jeune (French, 1741–1814)


Overall: 17.4 x 15cm (6 7/8 x 5 7/8 in.) Framed: 37.5 x 34 cm (14 3/4 x 13 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and watercolor

Not On View


Prints and Drawings




Information on back of frame


Recto, l.r.: mark of Charles Valori (L. 2500)


Charles Ferdinand Louis, Marquis de Valori-Rustichelli (b. 1820 - d. 1883), Paris (Lugt 2500); November 25-26, 1907, posthumous Marquis de Valori sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 168. Paul Mathey (b. 1844 - d. 1929), Paris [see note 1]. David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France [see note 2]; probably sold by David-Weill to Jacques Helft and Co., New York; December 12, 1944, sold by Helft to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965)

[1] Eric M. Zafran, The Forsyth Wickes Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, 1992), p. 131, cat. no. 79. [2] The reverse of the mat and frame of the drawing are marked with David-Weill's catalogue number (DW 30/220). On the collector's relationship to Jacques Helft, see Hector Feliciano, The Lost Museum: The Nazi Conspiracy to Steal the World's Greatest Works of Art (New York, 1997), pp. 88-89.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection