Charles Mercier Dupaty (French, 1771–1825)
Comte de Vaublanc, ca. 1820
Plaster, 28 in.
Gift of Charles Janoray
An important neoclassical sculptor, Dupaty studied with landscape painter Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes (1750–1819) and history painter François Vincent (1746–1816) but ultimately devoted himself to sculpture. He won thePrix de Rome in 1799, and during his eight-year sojourn abroad was thoroughly influenced by the classical idiom in both subject matter and style. Apart from depicting historical and mythological subjects, he also created many portrait busts such as the ones shown here. Dupaty received various official honors and awards, and in 1823 was appointed professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Vincent Marie Viennot, Comte de Vaublanc (1756–1845) was an ultra-royalist and interior minister under King Louis XVIII (1755–1824). The commanding presence of his sternly expressive face is greatly enhanced by the ornate jacket, heavily embroidered with a floral pattern and decorated with the many orders bestowed upon the nobleman.