|Drawings by Frédéric Christophe de Houdetot [1797-1835]|
|Presentation of the original collection|
Specifications of the original collection
The 225 original drawings have been cut out, pasted to the front of each leaf of the album in approximate chronological order and numbered 1 to 225. The number of drawings per page varies according to their size.
This album is particularly valuable because the majority of the drawings are dated and give the name of the place where they were done and the name of their subject.
In the absence of any other corroboration in the
album, the coincidence in the dates and locations of the drawings with
Houdetot's life and administrative career - reflecting his youth in
Sannois, his move to ordinary service at the Conseil d'Etat in 1806
then his missions in Europe -lends authenticity to the assertion that
the drawings are by F. C. Houdetot.
Background to the conservation and acquisition of the collection
This pre-emption was made at the proposal of Maître André Damien, conseiller d'Etat, who had been informed of the sale by Maître Rouillac, auctioneer. This album of drawings was part of the collection of J. B. Debret, a pupil of David, dispersed in two auctions in 1987.
It is possible that the album had been in this
family collection since it was made. Another collection of "humorous
caricatures and philosophical thoughts dated 1837 with comments and
dialogues beneath the drawings", undoubtedly by Houdetot, was sold to
a private buyer. The album was presented to the public for the first
time at the exhibition "Le Conseil d'Etat au cœur de la société
française" which was held at the Archives Nationales from December
1999 to March 2000.
Terms of access and use.
collection can be seen in its entirety on this site.