Denis Hennon-Dubois was born in Elincourt-Sainte-Marguerite, Oise (north of Paris) in 1791. Little is known about this artist. Studying under neo-classical and historic painter and portraitist Jean-Pierre Granger (1779-1840), he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris on 26 May, 1823 and participated in various French artists fairs from 1835 to 1846.
This charming and well-executed painting portrays an elderly woman seated with crossed hands resting in her lap. She is wearing a black dress with black lace elements on the arms and wrists. She has a delicate white lace collar, a sky blue ribbon and bow around her neck, and a white lace bonnet held in place by a matching sky blue ribbon. Her expressive face and gaze are framed by silver grey curls.
Artist: Denis Hennon-Dubois (1791 - 18??).
Signed and dated next to her left shoulder “D. Hennon Dubois, 1846”.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Good overall condition, signs of restoration and maintenance. Relined in the 20th century.
Dimensions: 63 x 53 cm. / 24 3/4 x 21 in.
Frame: 74 x 64 cm. / 30 x 25 1/4 in. Original, gilt wood and stucco. Minute flaws.