Louis-Auguste Schwiter

Louis-Auguste (later Baron) Schwiter (1805 - 1889) was a landscape and portrait painter. This portrait was begun in 1826 after Delacroix's return from England. It was rejected at the Salon of 1827, after which the artist made some alterations, completing the painting in 1830.

The landscape background is believed to be by Delacroix's friend, the landscape painter Paul Huet (1803 - 1869). The portrait itself may have been influenced by the portraitist Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 - 1830), who was the subject of an essay by Delacroix published in 1829. The painting was later owned by Degas.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1798 - 1863
Full title
Louis-Auguste Schwiter
Date made
1826-30
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
217.8 x 143.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1918
Inventory number
NG3286
Location in Gallery