|Johann Friedrich August Tischbein, Nicolas Châtelain. |
1791, oil on canvas. Neue Pinakothek.
He settled in Rolle, Switzerland during the Revolution, and entertained many who were escaping France. Those in Rolle included some friends of the Duc de Noailles, and those close to Madame de Staël's then popular circle (she had spent some time there). He spent his time with friends and an ever changing circle of people traveling from town to town, but also reading and, of course, writing. He lived to 87, passing away at home on 27 September 1856.
Monsieur Châtelain casually leans against a stone wall for his full length portrait by Johann Friedrich August Tischbein. He is twenty two years old with a keen interest in the fine arts. He is wearing a high crowned and cocked hat in black, a frock coat with turned down collars and no cuffs. The turned down collars expose his cravat, which ruffles just right under the chin.
His waistcoat is most likely silk, and to wear stripes was the height of fashion. This one has green trim with burgundy touches. These details match the frock coat. The pockets are also detailed in green. Also very popular were laced shoes, which would later give way to the boot. His breeches, although not skin tight, still cling close and go just to the knee; they are gathered with buttons over white stockings. This shows off a well turned leg, a sight for ladies, dare I say, gentlemen as well?