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Antoinette Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot

Painting of a light-skinned adult woman with dark eyes and dark, curled hair styled neatly away from her face and tucked under a large hat. She wears earrings and a necklace, along with a loose brown top with a pleated white collar.

Antoinette Cecile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot, Self Portrait, 1825; Musée de Louvre, Paris, France. Photo credit: Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY

1784 to 1845

In 1808, the budding artist followed her art instructor, Guillaume Lethière, to Italy. She remained there for eight years, observing customs and sketching the colorful peasant clothing that appears in many of her paintings.

While in Rome in 1810, she made her Paris Salon debut with eight scenes of Italian life, for which she received a second-class medal. Returning to Paris in 1816, she married the architect Louis-Pierre Haudebourt in 1820. She did not let marriage hinder her productivity as an artist. Over the next three decades, the artist exhibited more than 100 paintings at the Salon, ranging from works based on popular literature and historical genre scenes to portraits and depictions of domesticity.

Haudebourt-Lescot’s fame became such that the artist was appointed painter to the Duchesse de Berry, and she received several commissions from the French government for the museum at Versailles. She was the only female artist included in François Joseph Heim’s monumental depiction of Charles X awarding medals to artists for the Salon of 1824.

Artist Details

  • Name

    Antoinette Cécile Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot
  • Birth

    Paris, 1784
  • Death

    Paris, 1845
  • Phonetic Spelling

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