Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot

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Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot
Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot.jpg
Self-Portrait, c. 1825. This work is modeled after Raphael's Baldassare Castiglione[1]
Antoinette-Cécile-Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot

(1784-12-14)December 14, 1784
Paris, France
DiedJanuary 2, 1845(1845-01-02) (aged 60)
Paris, France
Known forPainting
Louis-Pierre Haudebourt (m. 1820)

Antoinette-Cécile-Hortense Haudebourt-Lescot (14 December 1784 – 2 January 1845) was a French painter, mainly of genre scenes. A native of Paris, she began studies with Guillaume Guillon-Lethière, a popular history painter and family friend, at the age of seven; when he was appointed director of the French Academy in Rome in 1807, she followed him, arriving in 1808 and remaining there until 1816. There she depicted the customs and costumes of Italian peasants in great detail. Such foreign experience was rare for a woman artist, and influenced much of her work. She regularly exhibited her work at the Paris Salon, showing some 110 paintings there between 1811 and 1840.

Haudebourt-Lescot married the architect Louis-Pierre Haudebourt in 1820, and died in Paris in 1845.

As a teacher, Haudebourt-Lescot's pupils included the painters Herminie Déhérain[2] and Marie-Ernestine Serret.[3]


  1. ^ Borzello, Frances. Seeing Ourselves, 1998. New York:Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated.
  2. ^ National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (2012). Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections. London: Scala Publishers Limited. ISBN 9781857597431.
  3. ^ Profile of Marie-Ernestine Serret at the Dictionary of Pastellists Before 1800.