Core Holdings of the Tormey-Holder Collection: Marie-Sophie Loisier
Distinguished Looking French Gentleman of the Period
of the French Revolution, Seated at a Desk
by Marie-Sophie Loisier (fl. 1793-1802)
2 5/8 inches diameter (sight)
watercolor on ivory; housed in a gilt metal surround that was likely
originally affixed within an ebonized wood frame or atop a snuff box
About the Artist: Marie-Sophie Loisier (name also seen spelled as Lousier, and also occasionally identified by her maiden name of Contouly) was a student of the acclaimed French painter Jean-Baptiste Regnault (1754-1829). She was active in Paris from 1793 to 1802. Exhibited several miniature portraits at the Paris Salon between 1799 and 1802. Listed by Benezit, Blättel (pages 594, 595), Lemoine-Bouchard (page 360), and Schidlof (page 514).