Jean Pierre Esnard(?)

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

  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 2 3/8 X 2 Inches
  • Credit: Gift of Ione Barbot
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1937.027.0001
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