PAUL MATHEY | PORTRAIT OF LÖYS-HENRI DELTEIL
1844 - 1929
PORTRAIT OF LÖYS-HENRI DELTEIL
signed P. Mathey (upper left)
oil on canvas
47½ by 29½ in.
120.7 by 74.9 cm
Not examined out of the frame. Original unlined condition. There are two patches adhered to the reverse at upper right. The surface presents well. Minor bumping and pulling in the upper left corner; and faint stretcher bar marks in the upper half of the composition and parallel to the left edge. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. There are a few small areas of restoration on the figures' arms and coat. In the background at upper left there is an upside down 'L' shaped repair (5 inches long) and a sideways T shaped repair (3 inches long). Additional dashed lines of inpainting fluoresce in the upper background, with with isolated pin dot inpaints throughout. Inpainting along the lower and upper left edges.
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Private Collection, France
Acquired from the above by the present owner
L. Giraud-Badin, Catalogue de Livres Relatifs aux Beaux-Arts...provenant de la bibliotheque de Feu M. Löys Delteil, Paris, 1931, illustrated as a frontispiece
Loÿs-Henri Delteil was a French collector, engraver, lithographer, and publisher. He began collecting prints at the age of thirteen. Delteil published a thirty-one volume catalogue of eighteenth and nineteenth century printmakers and was regarded as an important expert and connoisseur of the medium. Paul Mathey has fittingly included a collection of prints in the composition.
Paul Mathey was a student of Léon Coignet and later Isidor Pils at the École des Beaux-Arts. He was awarded many medals at the Salon des Artistes Français and was named a chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1889. Portraiture comprised an important part of his oeuvre; among his other subjects are Philippe, Duc d’Orléans, Edgar Degas and the composer Charles Camille Saint-Saens. Mathey himself, like the subject of the present work, was a collector of prints, and had an important collection of etchings by Rembrandt.