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A pencil portrait by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres depicting Louise Marcotte (1833-73), the 15-year-old daughter of Charles Marcotte d’Argenteuil, offered at Christie’s. Image copyright: Christie’s Images Limited.

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A large number of works on paper, particularly by Edouard Vuillard, will be offered in the single-owner sale of works assembled by Jos and Lucy Hessel on March 23.

The former will include an example of one of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’ (1780-1867) vast number of pencil portraits that he first began producing in Italy in his early career as a way of earning money.

This body of work includes both tourist portraits and studies of friends, acquaintances and patrons and their families.

Christie’s study depicts Louise Marcotte (1833-73), the 15-year-old daughter of Charles Marcotte d’Argenteuil, one of Ingres’ best friends and patrons. Ingres made no less than 20 portraits of different members of the family.

The 12½ x 9½in (32 x 24cm) portrait in pencil heightened in white is signed, dated and dedicated Ingres Del. à Madame Marcotte au Poncelet oct. 1848 and has a provenance back to the sitter.

It is estimated at €70,000-90,000.

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