Jean-Baptiste Isabey  
Jean-Baptiste Isabey

Isabey with his daughter, 1795, by François Gérard
Jean-Baptiste Isabey, (born April 11, 1767, Nancy, France—died April 18, 1855, Paris), gifted French painter and printmaker, specializing in portraits and miniatures. He enjoyed official favour from the time of Louis XVI until his death. His portrait Napoleon at Malmaison (1802) is considered one of the best likenesses of the emperor.

Isabey studied under, among others, the celebrated French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David and received one of his first commissions from Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVI’s consort. Despite his original connections with the monarchy, Isabey created 228 portraits of deputies for a work on the Legislative Assembly during the Revolution. Patronized by Napoleon and Joséphine, he arranged the ceremonies of their coronation and prepared 32 drawings, intended as an official commemoration of the event. He had an immense success at the Salon of 1820 with Isabey’s Boat, a drawing of himself and his family. During the reign of King Louis-Philippe (1830–48), he directed the artists’ studio at the Sèvres porcelain factory. Less known than the portraits are Isabey’s caricatures of many famous European politicians of the first half of the 19th century. Though most of these remained unpublished, they were known to many artists of the time. The genre painter Eugène Isabey (1804–86) was his son and student.

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Louise Antoinette Scholastique Guéheneuc

The Empress Josephine

Adélaïde d'Osmond, comtesse de Boigne

Portrait of Empress Marie-Louise


Volkonskaya Sofia


Andriy Rozumovsky

C. Bagration,1812


Hortensia Beuharnais Bonaparte, Rainha de Holanda

Portrait de la Reine Hortense

Napoleon Bonaparte

Karl Austria Teschen

Portrait Katharina Pawlowna von Russland


Catherine Bagration-Skavronskaya

Dorothea Lieven




Portrait of Caroline Murat née Bonaparte

Catherine Pavlovna


Charles-Victor Prévost d'Arlincourt

Portrait de la marquise de Montalembert 1790

Ivan Fonvizin

Izabeła Sanguška (Lubamirskaja)

Prince August of Prussia


Miniature of Christine Boyer

Katharina Pawlowa von Russland

Childhood portrait of Oscar Bernadotte, the future King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway

L'Imperatrice Marie-Louise, 1812

Madame de Stael


Portrait of the actress Madame Dugazon

Marie Françoise Sophie Nichault de la Valette

Marie Christine Caroline Adélaïde Françoise Léopoldine of Orléans


Vasilii Ivanovich Apraksin


Napoleon I


The Museum Stairway
Watercolour, 86 x 66 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris

Joseph Verdier

Golitsyn Boris Vladimirovich

Portrait du général Drouot, un bandeau sur les yeux


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