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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