This is Joseph Ducreux

By Gwylym Owen

Joseph, Baron Ducreux (26 June 1735 – 24 July 1802) was a French noble, portrait painter, pastelist, miniaturist, and engraver, who was a affluent portraitist at the court of Louis XVI of France, and resumed his career at the conclusion of the French Revolution. He was made a baron and premier peintre de la reine (First Painter to the Queen), and drew the last portrait ever made of Louis XVI previously the king’s execution. His less formal portraits reflect his captivation with physiognomy and feint an fascination in expanding the range of facial expressions more than those of tolerable portraiture.

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