1774 - 1833
Preparatory study for the portrait of Louis du Vergier, Marquis de La Rochejaquelein (1777-1815)
Black chalk heightened with white on blue paper
610 × 460 mm. (24 ⅛ × 18 ⅛ in.)
Inscribed on the sword: "DIEU ET LE ROI"
Further information:Bibliography: Fabien Pillet in Le Journal de Paris, 31 August 1819; E. Delécluze in Le Lycée français, 20 October 1819; 'Les Portraits des généraux vendéens, commande et critique, diffusion et destin', in La Gazette des Beaux-Arts, May-June 1973, p 175-191.
Louis de La Rochejaquelein, a leading counter-revolutionary from the Vendée region, died in battle only thirteen days before the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. Carefully following his widow's instructions, Guérin painted his portrait, which now hangs in the Salle des Généraux Vendéens at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Cholet. This is a preparatory study.