Dyer Sharp Wynkoop

Artist: Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770–1852)

Date: 1800

Geography: Made in France

Medium: Conté rayon, charcoal (?), and white chalk heightening on off-white laid paper coated with gouache

Dimensions: 21 5/16 x 15 in. (54.1 x 38.1 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril E. Holt, 1966

Accession Number: 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 one 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.