The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
An Artist showing his Work
  • (Jean-Louis-) Ernest Meissonier (1815 - 1891)
  • An Artist showing his Work
  • France
  • 19th century
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 37.5 x 2.1 cm
    Object size: 38.4 x 29.1 cm
    with frame, Object size: 61 x 52 x 12.5 cm
  • Signature: 'EM' in monogram
    Signature: 'EM' in monogram
  • P325
  • West Gallery III
Further Reading
  • Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1850-1. The figures wear mid-eighteenth century costume, though several of the pictures on the back wall are by Meissonier himself (including a self-portrait above the visitor’s head), and the setting was identified by a contemporary as the artist’s Paris studio on the quai Bourbon. Its nostlgic invocation of refined French life before the Revolution would have been very appealing to collectors like the duc de Morny and the 4th Marquess of Hertford.