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Louis Carrogis called Carmontelle
PORTRAIT OF PIERRE DE SAINT-MARTIN, BARON DE TOUREMPRÉ (1720–1783)
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6,0008,000
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61
Louis Carrogis called Carmontelle
PORTRAIT OF PIERRE DE SAINT-MARTIN, BARON DE TOUREMPRÉ (1720–1783)
Estimate
6,0008,000
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Louis Carrogis called Carmontelle
PARIS 1717 - 1806
PORTRAIT OF PIERRE DE SAINT-MARTIN, BARON DE TOUREMPRÉ (1720–1783)
Red and black chalk within pen and black ink framing lines;
bears inscription in pen and brown ink, verso: Mr. Tourempré (?) Capitaine de dragons/ regiment du beaufremont, dessiné par Carmontelle en....
205 by 155 mm; 8 1/8  by 6 1/8  in
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Provenance

Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle;
his sale, Paris, 17 April 1807, part of lot 22;
Chevalier Richard de Lédans,
his sale, Paris, 3 November 1816;
Pierre de La Mésangère,
his sale, Paris, 18 July 1831, part of lot 304,
purchased by John Duff

Catalogue Note

This charming and characteristic portrait was part of a series which Carmontelle drew during his time at the court of the Duc d'Orléans.  Carmontelle entered the service of Louis Philippe, Duc d'Orléans, in 1759 and enjoyed a buoyant career there, organizing official entertainments and later also becoming a garden designer, creating what is now the Parc Monceau.

Over the course of some 34 years, Carmontelle made more than 750 portraits of the Orléans family, their court, and other friends and acquaintances, which were bound in eleven albums.  The majority of the sitters were drawn full length and in profile, as here.  He drew the portraits mainly for himself and would only produce replicas on request.

At the end of his life, Carmontelle gave the names of all the sitters in his portraits to his great friend Richard de Lédans who compiled a manuscript list, now in the museum at Chantilly, where there are 570 portraits from the original group.  The albums remained intact until in the possession of Pierre de La Mésangère, who dismantled them and mounted each drawing on a distinctive green mount, the remains of which can be seen around the edges of the present sheet.

From an inscription on the back of mount we learn that the sitter depicted in this drawing was a Captain of Dragoons, Pierre de Saint-Martin, baron de Tourempré (1720–1783).  Baron de Tourempré appears in two other works by Carmontelle, one in Chantilly where he is seated in a red coat holding a surveyor’s telescope, and the other great drawing, Les Gentilhommes du duc d’Orleans, sold by Sotheby's Paris, in which he is depicted fifth from the left.1

1. Chantilly, Musée Condé (Inv. no. 553/ Car107); Sale, Paris, Sotheby's, Une Collection pour L'histoire, 29 September 2015, lot 6

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