Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethière, née Marie-Joseph-Honorée Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethière

Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (French, Montauban 1780–1867 Paris)

Date: 1808

Medium: Graphite

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24.1 x 18.7 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.191


As a pensioner of the French Academy in Rome, Ingres made portrait drawings of his friends and colleagues, including at least ten portraits of the family of Guillaume Lethière, its director, which date from 1808 to 1818. This double portrait of Lethière's wife and young son is set in the garden of the Villa Medici, the seat of the French Academy (its palace is visible on the left). Drawn in 1808, it is one of the first of Ingres' portrait drawings with a view of Rome as its backdrop.