Black and red chalk on brown paper
250 x 325 mm. (9 7/8 x 12 3/4 in)
William Ablett was born in Paris of English parents. He was accepted at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts and began working in oils. Under the tutelage of his professors and mentors Aublet and Gerome, he quickly became very successful. In addition to many portrait commissions, he won several awards in various Salons and Exhibitions, and was made a member of the London Royal Academy and a Chevalier de Legion d'Honneur. He received a silver medal in Liege in 1909.A genre painter as well as a portraitist of numerous English personalities, he mainly exhibited in London from 1902 to 1904 ; as well as the Salon de Paris in 1906.He regularly continued to exhibit his works at the Paris National Society of Fine Arts from 1910 to 1936.He produced many portraits including one of Madame Alexander Dumas. His works are represented in the Museum of Blois and are included in the Wanamaker Collection in Philadelphia.
Our drawing is a characteristic example of his style and technique.