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Lot 90: *MARTIN DROLLING (1752-1817)
Property of a Private Collector Sold Without Reserve; Revolution in Art
January 24, 2002
New York, NY, USA
Description: oil on canvas An old label on the reverse reads Martin Drolling 1752-1817/portrait de son fils Michel-Martin/D. 1786-1851. Membre de l'Institut/Prix de Rome. Drölling's son, Michel-Martin, was an accomplished artist who won the Prix de Rome of 1810 with the painting The Wrath of Achilles (Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts). In 1833 he was named a member of the Académie as well as the Institut, and five years later was awarded the Légion d'honneur. The younger Drölling considered himself a history painter, though he also painted numerous portraits. A presumed self-portrait was offered in these rooms on January 15, 1993, lot 77.
Provenance: Sale: Sotheby's, New York, January 30, 1998, lot 157, there purchased by the present collector for $85,000