Portrait of an Artist (Augustin Ritt?)

Portrait d'un Artiste, a miniature painter

18th century
Unidentified artist, French, 19th century


Sheet: 21.7 x 17.4 cm (8 9/16 x 6 7/8 in.) Framed: 39.4 x 34.3 cm (15 1/2 x 13 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pastel over graphite pencil on paper

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




Private collection, Russia [see note 1]. By 1928, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Paris and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Co., Paris and New York [see note 2]. December 22, 1944, sold by Jacques Helft and Co., New York 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] Gabriel Henriot, Collection David-Weill, volume 3, Dessins, part 1 (Paris, 1928), p. 101. [2] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20. The drawing was included in the exhibition "French XVIII Century Pastels, Water Colors, and Drawings from the David-Weill Collection" (Wildenstein and Co., New York, November-December, 1938), no. 91.

Credit Line

Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection