Artist: Vallée, Jean François de la Date: ca. 1800
Traditionally considered a portrait of Esnard, who emigrated to Charleston as a refugee from Santo Domingo, its identity has been questioned. The likeness resembles very closely a portrait of John Anthony Barbot (1785-1855) a native of Bordeaux who married Antoinette Esnard. Vallee's portrayal is an unidealized one which emphasizes the sitter's dark coloring.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984