Cte E. de Nieuwerkerke [autograph, ink.]
Pencil drawing on artist's paper, mounted to album leaf with ink-ruled border. Sheet 280 x 205mm, 11 x 8".
Portrait of Count Alfred Émilien O'Hara van Nieuwerkerke (1811, Paris - 1892, Gattaiola, near Lucca), French sculptor (of Dutch descent) and a high-level civil servant in the Second French Empire. He is also notable as the lover of Mathilde Bonaparte, after her estrangement from her husband Anatole Demidov. Made a free member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in November 1853, on 5 July 1853 he became intendant des Beaux-Arts of the Emperor's Household and finally in 1870 surintendant of the Imperial Museums. Until the fall of the Second French Empire, he played a highly important rôle, acting as a kind of minister of cultural affairs. An original sketch by Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d'Orsay (1801 - 1852), Paris-born artist and gentleman of fashion. His profile sketches of his contemporaries, to the number of 125, include among them nearly all the literary, artistic, and fashionable celebrities of that time.
[Ref: 21942] £260.00