Using watercolor on organic material, Francois Theodore Rochard painted this beautiful portrait of an attractive blue-eyed young woman with brown hair done ion sausage curls. The sitter, identified on a very old label on the rear of the frame, is Clara Stevens (?) age 18. She is posed against a wall with a climbing rose bush showing through a window to her left. Attired in a puffy-sleeved lace-edged white gown with a brooch below the bodice and a wide blue belt, she is also wearing a pink and black shawl.
The condition of the painting is excellent, with no cracks, chips, bowing, paint loss, or restoration. The period giltwood frame is also in excellent condition, with only minor wear. Sight size of the painting is 4 1/2" by 3 1/4", with a frame size of 8" by 6 3/4".
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: 1. François-Theodore Rochard (1798 - 1858) was the younger brother of Simon-Jacques Rochard (1788–1872), who had settled in England in 1816 and became a successful miniature painter. François-Theodore joined his brother in London about 1820 and exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere from 1820 until 1855. He painted historical subjects as well as miniatures. The element of French elegance which he and his brother brought into British miniature painting was a welcome novelty to many fashionable patrons. Rochard died in London.
The above note was adapted from "Reynolds and Baetjer" 1996]
2. Rochard's works are in many museums, including the British Museum and the Metropolitan Museum.