Preparatory work

Antoine XI-Agénor, 11th duc de Gramont 1902

Seated full-length to the left, looking to the right, in a carved wood armchair, wearing a black coat over a red velvet waistcoat with a gold watch chain, a hunting cape draped over his left leg and holding a hunting crop in his right hand, with his top hat on the arm of the chair, his left hand on his knee, a hound on his left

Oil and crayon on board, 55.3 x 46.4 cm (21 ¾  x 18 ¼ in.)

Maison de Gramont Collection, Musée Basque de Bayonne

Inv. no. 2738

The present picture is a preparatory sketch for one of two group portraits de László made of de Gramont family at their family home, Château de Vallière, Mortefontaine, using the park of the Château as the landscape background [8752]. This small full-length sketch, laying out the general scheme, composition and colour tones of the portrait, is typical of the last sketches de László made before the execution of the final work. In the resulting portrait, the posture of the sitter is more dignified, the way in which he is depicted is more formal in his tailored waistcoat and jacket: particularly fitting for the family patriarch. The dog itself, upright and alert in this preparatory sketch, is lying down obediently at the feet of its master in the final portrait.


Bequeathed to the Musée Basque de Bayonne by Antoine XII-Armand de Gramont, 1939


Musée National du Château de Pau, La Belle époque des Gramont au temps des équipages, 7 October 1994-31 January 1995, handlist no. 28


Rutter, Owen, Portrait of a Painter, London 1939, p. 210

Laszlo, Lucy de, diary 1902-1911, 6 August 1902 entry, p. 31

•Hart-Davis, Duff, in collaboration with Caroline Corbeau-Parsons, De László: His Life and Art, Yale University Press, 2010, pp. 80-81

•Ribeton, Olivier, Elisa Fontanelli, L’air de famille Elkarren eitea, Musée Basque et de l’histoire de Bayonne, France, 2017, ill. p. 25

CC 2008