1840 Drawing of Young Woman by Esperance Langlois


An attractive charcoal drawing of a young woman by the famous 19th century French female artist Esperance Langlois.

The drawing shows the subject seated, looking up from reading her book. She is wearing an off the shoulder dress with a sash belt and shawl. Her hair is in ringlets. She is wearing a necklace with a black pendant or locket. The drawing is signed in fine pencil E. Langlois 1840. The drawing is a preparatory study for a painting, that we are also listing separately. Condition is very good, and the drawing has been mounted, framed and glazed.

Louise Marguerite Espérance Langlois (1805 - 1864) was a French painter and printmaker. From her marriage, she was also known as Espérance Bourlet de la Vallée. She was born at Pont-de-l'Arche in Normandy. Her father was the artist and antiquarian Eustache-Hyacinthe Langlois. Throughout her childhood the family lived in great poverty, first in Pont-de-l'Arche and after 1816 in Rouen, while her father struggled to live by selling his work. These included drawings of old architecture and gothic-style illustrations of legends, which are now quite highly prized. In 1834 the Rouen Academy of Fine Arts awarded her a silver medal for her art. Espérance was later employed for several years as a painter by the Sèvres porcelain factory and her artwork was shown at many exhibitions of industrial art in France and England. Her paintings now often fetch thousands.

Size picture: 21 x 27.5 cm (8 ¼ x 10 7/8 inches)
Size frame: 30.5 x 38.5 x 2 cm (12 x 15 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 1031 g