Description Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque (1767-1830), French novelist, political orator, and politician settled in Paris in 1795 as the protégé of Madame de Staël. A member of the Tribunate from 1799-1802, he was banished by Napoleon in 1803. Returning to France in 1814, he accepted an office under Napoleon during the Hundred Days. Constant was banished by Louis XVIII in 1815 and again went into exile, returning in 1816. He wrote "Cours de politique constitutionnelle" and "Adolphe," a novel considered to ba a masterpiece in the psychological tradition.
Provenance Mrs. Frederick B. Adams [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1954, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Bottom center: DAVID; [Date] Bottom center: 1830; [Inscription] On right: BENJAMIN / CONSTANT
Credit Gift of Mrs. Frederick B. Adams, 1954
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