The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
An Échevin of Paris
  • Philippe de Champaigne (1602 - 1674)
  • An Échevin of Paris
  • France
  • 1656 - 1657
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 72.4 x 53 cm, maximum
    Object size: 98.5 x 83.5 x 11 cm
  • P127
  • Great Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The sitter is dressed as an échevin, or Alderman of the Paris City Council, and the painting once formed part of a lost group portrait painted by the artist in 1656-7 to commemorate the two-year term of Alexandre de Sève as prévôt des marchands, or Mayor of Paris. In the group portrait De Sève was shown with the Council members of 1655-6. The sitter in the Wallace Collection’s painting is probably Jean Rousseau, second échevin in the Council. A second fragment, showing the échevin who stood to the right of our sitter, is in the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. The group portrait was probably cut up during the French Revolution and the pieces dispersed.