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Eye Candy for Today: Isaby crayon portrait

Lady of the Court of Napoleon I, Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Isabey, crayonn & white
Lady of the Court of Napoléon I, Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Isabey

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, roughly 10×7 in (25×18 cm).

Though graphite pencils largely took the place of chalk and crayon in the late 19th century, this beautiful portrait drawing — done at the turn of the 19th century and attributed to court painter Jean-Baptiste Isabey — shows some of the delicacy and surface quality that can be achieved with crayon.

Elements of the drawing are highlighted with what is likely white gouache.