Gervais Simon (exh. 1812-1817) “Philologist Philippe Le Bas”, ca. 1820
Painted about 1820 (the sitter appears to be ca. 25 years of age), it is a rare (possibly also unique, for we were unable to find any other on the Web) miniature portrait of well-known French philologist and specialist in Classics, Philippe Le Bas (1794-1860). He was the son of famous French revolutionary, member of the National Convention, and follower of Robespierre, Philippe-Joseph Le Bas (1764-1794). Philippe Le Bas remained especially known to historians as tutor of future Emperor Napoleon III (between 1821 and 1823 he oversaw the latter’s scholarly performance at St. Anna Gymnasium for Humanities in Augsburg). From 1844 to 1860 he was Director of the Library of Sorbonne. From 1838 he was also a member of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. In 1858 he became the Director of Institute de France.