Félix Auguste Clément trained at the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris under Michel-Martin Drolling and François Édouard Picot. After winning the coveted Prix de Rome in 1856, he spent six years in Egypt where he painted Orientalist pictures, a genre for which he is best known. The present lot recalls paintings of the Italian Baroque, an era the artist likely studied during his time in Rome. Holding the book of scriptures on his lap, the figure looks towards the heavens for guidance and inspiration. His identity is unknown, as he does not possess any of the typical attributes associated with the Four Evangelists.