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Madame Dugazon
  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855)
  • Madame Dugazon
  • France
  • 1813
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on paper
  • Image size: 12.5 x 9.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Isabey / 1813'
    Label: 'No 2100 / R2290 / Isabey'
  • M221
  • West Gallery III
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  • Isabey had many long-standing connections with the theatre. He provided set designs and costumes and frequently depicted actors and actresses. Mme Dugazon was a friend of Isabey and one of the leading French actresses of her time. She sometimes sang at the soirées which Isabey held for his friends. Two types of character for which she was particularly regarded, young women in light romantic roles and mothers of a more mature age, are still known in the French theatre as 'jeunes Dugazons' and 'mères Dugazons'. This miniature is a fine demonstration of how, by using gauzes to mask some less attractive features, such as a double chin, Isabey could gently flatter a sitter.