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Andre Joseph Villard

1810-1812 David Boudon Born: Geneva, Switzerland 1748 Died: 1816 silverpoint and watercolor on paper sight 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. (7.3 x 5.7 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Frederick W. Cron 1961.9.1 Not currently on view


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Silverpoint was an unusual medium for a miniaturist, yet more than half of David Boudon’s work incorporates this exacting drawing technique. To draw with silverpoint, the artist took a wooden stick fitted with a silver tip and drew on his prepared paper. The pale, silvery lines quickly tarnished, leaving a darker, warm brown color. Andre Joseph Villard appears to have been a wealthy Virginia planter. In 1794 his daughter Constance married fellow Virginian William Hutt, who moved the family to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1799.

Keywords

Portrait male - Villard, Andre Joseph - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

paint - watercolor

paper

About David Boudon

Born: Geneva, Switzerland 1748 Died: 1816

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