Charles Balthazar J. F. Saint–Mémin (American, 17701852)
Conte crayon, charcoal (?), and white chalk heightening on off–white laid paper coated with gouache; 21 5/16 x 15 in. (54.1 x 38.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril E. Holt, 1966 (66.112)
A member of a prominent Burgundian family, Saint-Mémin came to America with his father during the French Revolution. They arrived in New York in the fall of 1793, and Saint-Mémin immediately took up work as an engraver and a draftsman. It was not long before he became the most talented, successful, and prolific profile artist in America. Nearly a thousand profiles have been recorded from his American career. He drew this image of Dyer Sharp Wynkoop, a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, on commission in Philadelphia, where he worked between 1799 and 1803.