1784  to  1845


Mother and Child playing on a terrace


Oil on canvas


32.5 x 25cm

Antoinette Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot (1784-1845) was born in Paris and after initial training with historical painter Guillaume Guillon Lethière, she went to Italy for further study. Haudebourt-Lescot was surprisingly successful as an artist -surprisingly not because of a lack of talent, but because of her career choice in the male-dominated art scene of the early 19th century. On her return from Italy she became the painter to the Duchess of Berry, whilst also giving painting lessons to contemporary noblewomen.

She won numerous awards and her works were quite popular in reprint form. Furthermore, her 1820 marriage to architect Louis-Pierre Haudebort did not force her to make a choice between domesticity and creativity. She took part in the Paris Salon from 1814 to 1840, receiving second class medals in 1819 and a first class medal in 1828 and painted a number of very successful works, embracing virtually the genres. Today her works can be found in a number of museums in including Aix-En-Provence, Bescanon, Montpellier, Rouen, Versailles and her Self-portrait hangs in the Louvre.

Most probably the picture exhibited in the Salon of 1819: Un petit jouer de marionnettes.