Most of Ingres’s surviving portrait drawings were executed between 1806 and 1824, when he was living in Italy. This drawing is of Albertine Hayard, the eldest daughter of Charles-Roch Hayard, who sold artist’s materials in Rome. Most of the artists at the French Academy knew him well, and Ingres became a close friend. In this portrait, Hayard’s daughter is aged fourteen or fifteen, and Ingres captures her youthful features with his typically controlled and delicate use of line. He pays greater attention to her features and hair than to her dress. It was probably made just before her marriage to the landscape painter Pierre-Athanase Chauvin. The couple did not enjoy good health, and Albertine died aged only thirty-six.