A finely painted miniature portrait of a handsome dark-haired young gentleman in a blue jacket, and a white waistcoat and stock. Presented in a rolled gold case with a glazed reverse. Though unsigned, there is a taped pencil inscription with artist's name en verso.
The condition is excellent with no issues to speak of. The overall size is 2 3/8" by 2 1/8".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Louis-Marie Autissier (1772–1830), was born in Brittany, France. He joined the French Revolutionary army in 1791, leaving in 1795 and going to Paris to further his skills by studying paintings at the Louvre. In 1796 he settled in Brussels, where he devoted himself to miniature painting, becoming famous for his portraits.
The following years of his life were divided between Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. but is considered a Belgian portrait miniaturist. He exhibited works regularly at Salons in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Paris; and was much employed in painting miniature portraits of the sovereigns, nobility, and celebrities of Belgium and the Netherlands. In 1806, after the Revolution, and the forming of the First French Empire he was named court painter to Louis Bonaparte, French King of the Netherlands from 1806 to 1810; and in 1815, court painter to Willem I, king of the Netherlands.
According to the curator of European painting at the Cincinnati Art Museum, "Autissier's success as a miniaturist was in large measure due to his talent as a colourist and his meticulous detailing of costumes and accessory." He is considered the founder of the Belgian school of miniature painting in the nineteenth century.
Autissier's works are in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Nationalmuseum, the Royal Collection, and other museums.